PDP may choose a new head as Ayu drops her lawsuit against the group

Apr 19, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

The intense political maneuvering surrounding the selection of the next National Chairman of the primary opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to have eased following reports of outgoing National Chairman Iyorcha Ayu’s withdrawal of case files. This decision may pave the way for the emergence of former Benue Governor Gabriel Suswam as the next PDP National Chairman.

Under current arrangements, the party has designated the National Chairmanship position to the North Central region. Should the party choose to maintain this arrangement, the current Acting National Chairman, Iliya Damagun, may step down, potentially facilitating Suswam’s ascension as the sole contender from the North Central.

Governors Optimistic About NEC Resolution on Chairmanship Issues

In a related development, Governors announced on Wednesday that all issues regarding the PDP National Chairman position would be resolved during Thursday’s meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

Ayu’s move is being hailed as a “masterstroke” and a demonstration of party loyalty and dedication. His withdrawal of all pending appeals at the Court of Appeal alleviated tensions stemming from the crises following his removal from office.

According to a statement from the Court of Appeal of Nigeria in Makurdi, Benue State, on April 15, Ayu withdrew the appeal against respondents Terhide Utaan and the PDP.

Reacting to the news, the G60 People Democratic Party lawmakers lauded Ayu’s action, stating that it removed the last obstacle for Damagun to hand over power to a North Central candidate.

Despite ongoing battles between groups loyal to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and FCT Minister Nyesom Wike over control of party structures, business checks indicate that Damagun continues to enjoy Wike’s support. In contrast, Atiku Abubakar’s group reportedly backs Suswam.

Lawmakers Advocate for Reform, Assert NEC Meeting Will Proceed

Lawmakers advocating for party reform, including the resignation of Acting Chairman Umar Damagun, insist that with Ayu’s withdrawal, the NEC will proceed with electing a North Central candidate as National Chairman during their Thursday meeting.

They maintain that Damagun’s resignation is inevitable despite attempts by certain individuals with parties to sabotage it.

Damagun, acting as National Chairman, led the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) in interactions with PDP National Ex-officio members ahead of ThursdayThursday’sting.

Simultaneously, the PDP Governors, led by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, convened at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Office in Abuja on Wednesday, resolving to take full control of the party to prevent potential crises.

Governors: No Factions in PDP, Calls for Unity

In a communique, the Governors emphasized their commitment to party unity and urged the NWC to conduct credible congresses in states where the tenures of party officers have expired.

Mohammed addressed the contentious issue of the party’s partisanship, stating that the NEC would resolve it on Thursday.

He reiterated that the NEC, not the Governors, would decide on such matters, emphasizing the need to adhere to the party’s party’s solutional provisions.

As of the filing of this report, the party caucus meeting continued at the Bauchi State Governor-Governor’sn Asokoro, with Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike in attendance.

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