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2023: PDP BOT Meets, Moves To Remove Ayu Over Crisis

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The PDP Board of Trustees have begun to mount pressure on the national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, to resign over the crisis rocking the opposition party.

The Editor Nigeria reports that ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) is mounting pressure on the national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to resign as a condition for reconciliation with the aggrieved governors

It was gathered that the advisory body, in a last-minute change of mind, may ask him to quit for a candidate from the South, The Nation reports.

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The BOT members will also meet with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his group tomorrow in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, to deliberate on options for resolving the crisis of confidence in the party.

But it was not clear whether or not the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Ayu will accept the BoT’s advice.

 

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The BoT members, however, have been locked in a series of meetings since the weekend to consult with key party leaders, including Atiku’s running mate, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

This online media platform reports that Governors Wike, Sam Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), on Sunday, met in Enugu to discuss issues relating to next year’s polls.

 

Also, sources said Ayu was planning an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to discuss the decision of some members to return the money paid into their bank accounts by the party in controversial circumstances.

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Sources said the decision to ask Ayu to step aside was arrived at when some influential BoT members met in Abuja last Friday.

 

It was gathered that the affected leaders concluded that the party’s chances in the 2023 presidential poll could be jeopardised if the protracted crisis was not resolved.

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Some BoT members warned against ignoring five of 11 PDP governors.

 

They reasoned that the boycott of Atiku’s campaign launch was foreboding of danger.

It was also learnt that some party leaders were worried about the implications of PDP being out of the government for another four or eight years.

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The leaders were faced with two difficult choices: returning to power by sacrificing Ayu or retaining the PDP national chairman to lose the presidential poll.

Although some BoT members asked the party not to succumb to indiscipline by Wike and five others, the session was devoted to how to navigate through the crisis, a source at the meeting told The Nation.

 

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The source said: “We were at a crossroads. We knew Wike and others have been contemptuous of our candidate and undermining PDP’s chances, but we need them to win the presidency.

“Our greatest headache is losing the support of five out of 11 PDP governors because we want to retain Ayu.

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