Anxiety mounts as PDP postpones NEC Meeting

Posted by News Express | 15 March 2022 | 645 times

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An uneasy calm has pervaded the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the inability to hold its scheduled National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

Prior to the NEC meeting originally scheduled for 2pm at the National secretariat of the party, the National caucus of the party meet at the Akwa Ibom Governors lodge in Asokoro, on Monday night.

But the body language of some members of the party that attended the gathering showed that all did not go well.

So, it was not surprising that the spokesman of the party, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, told journalists that all the meetings of the different organs of the party slated for Tuesday had been shifted to Wednesday.

It was gathered that forces for and against zoning of the presidential ticket of the party are at each other’s throat on whether the party should maintain its earlier stand that the contest should be left open or zoned.

Those for and against were said to have stood their ground, forcing the NWC to back track and seek a diplomatic way of brokering a truce between the two groups, mainly from the North and the South.

After the meeting, which lasted for close to two hours, Ologunagba disclosed that the caucus meeting had been adjourned till Wednesday, the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Board of Trustees meeting earlier scheduled for Tuesday to discuss important issues would also hold on Wednesday.

“After effective discussions, we have adjourned the meeting to Wednesday for the continuation of all the issues on the agenda.

“On Wednesday at 10 a.m. the caucus meeting will hold, thereafter the BoT meeting and then the NEC meeting,” he said.

In spite of the hitches, National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, said PDP is on course with the timetable and guidelines for 2023 General Elections as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

Ayu said the National Working Committee was working round the clock to ensure that the party keeps to the timetable issued by INEC.

“We are very much on course and this meeting is for to look at our own timetable and guidelines. We are determine that we will keep strictly to the guideline in spite the short time that is available to us. We will keep to this time line,” he said.

Ayu, who said serious issues were discussed, added that the PDP NWC was working with stakeholders to resolve whatever problems within the party.”

On the crisis in some chapters of the party, Ayu said “On the crisis in other state chapters. We are to conduct congresses in state chapters that we did not have congresses before.

“Whatever problem that may have arising from those congresses, we are addressing them and we hope that by the time we resolve everything the party will be stronger than ever before,” he said.

In his remarks, the Chairman, PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, appealed to leaders and members of the party to bury their differences and work together, “We must give the right signal to Nigerians, that we are united and ready to rescue this country.”

On his part, the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, appealed to the party leaders not to abandon the old party members, while welcoming those retuning after defecting to other political parties.

Jibrin also described the meeting as critical to the party as it was expected to come out with important decisions. (Daily Trust)


Source: News Express

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