Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are making frantic efforts to end the internal crisis rocking the party, which has stalled its preparations for the 2023 presidential campaign and the inauguration of its campaign committee.
Naija News reports that the main opposition party plunged into crisis in the aftermath of the nomination of its presidential candidate and running mate, Atiku Abubakar, and Ifeanyi Okowa, respectively.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, some of his allies (Governors Seyi Makinde, Samuel Ortom, Okozie Ikpeazu of Oyo, Benue, and Abia States respectively), and other PDP leaders have called for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
According to Sunday Sun, the party has scheduled crucial meetings of its National Working Committee ( NWC), National Caucus, Board of Trustees ( BoT), and National Executive Committee (NEC).
Insiders disclosed that the meetings are part of efforts by the PDP to rally its leaders and stakeholders to send find a middle ground in the crisis rocking the opposition party.
Naija News gathered that Governor Wike and his allies have converged in London, UK, with sources saying the trip is to enable the quartet to brainstorm on current development in the party.
The source said: “Wike and Ortom have travelled to London. They went to meet Makinde. They are in London as we speak. I don’t know about Ikpeazu. But he should join them.”
However, it could not be ascertained as at press time if the group would meet with any of the presidential candidates as they did the last time.
Recall that Wike, Ortom, Ikpeazu, and Makinde had met with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, during their last trip to London.
They also met with Atiku where they reportedly insisted on the replacement of Ayu as the party’s national chairman ahead of the 2023 polls, as a condition for reconciliation in the party.
This article was originally published on Naija News
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Author: George Oshogwe Ogbolu