There was uncertainty yesterday over the fate of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
A meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), which Ayu leads, was said to have ended in a deadlock.
It followed an alleged move by a majority of the members to persuade him (Ayu) to resign.
According to those familiar with the proceedings, 15 of the members voted in favour of the chairman’s resignation, while four did not.
One of the sources claimed that the PDP leader departed the meeting before a decision could be made.
The meeting took place while Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, and other members of his side kept up their strong language about the party’s persistent crisis.
Makinde said that they would not back down from their determination to make sure that equity ruled in the main opposition party, while Wike turned prophetic by saying that “judgement day is approaching.”
However, rumours circulated that Walid Jibrin, the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), was thinking about stepping down to make place for balance in the party’s national leadership.
Princewill Dike, a PDP chieftain in Rivers, stated Wednesday that the party would risk losing the general election if its leadership chose to disregard Wike.
The National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, informed reporters that the committee members did not discuss Ayu’s resignation a short while after Ayu departed the NWC meeting.
“Specifically, we talked about problems in the chapters in Osun and Kano, and we resolved to form reconciliation committees to resolve conflicts in the two chapters.
You can take my word for it when I state with authority that we did not discuss the chairman’s departure.
Further information revealed that the 15 NWC members who purportedly supported the call for Ayu’s resignation met on Tuesday night in Abuja. According to The Nation.
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