The rationale for the postponement of the PDP Caucus and NEC Meeting have Emerge
The crisis affecting the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has not yet come to an end.
The party’s Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings, which had been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, were reportedly postponed in large part due to the discovery of a plot by a faction of the party’s leadership to remove the National Chairman, Senator Iyiochia Ayu.
According to reports, Ayu’s supporters in the party’s National Working Committee and Board of Trustees counselled against holding the meetings in what one of the supporters who spoke anonymously described as “a hostile environment.”
Despite platitudes, “tension is still very high,” according to a typically trustworthy high-ranking source within the party hierarchy who spoke in confidence.
The source stated, “As far as I’m aware, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has no issues with Atiku; however, Ayu has not been transparent in managing party affairs since he assumed control.
And he gained a lot of enemies as a result of the part he played in the choice of the presidential running mate.
“He should have handled many of the issues in our state chapters differently.
“A vote of no confidence would have been passed on him if the Caucus and NEC meetings had taken place as planned. The change was required to give people time to cool off.
According to a second source, the change was required to give time for reconciliation efforts to succeed before bringing party members together in one location.
Another party source, however, stated, “There is no issue; we had to postpone the meetings due to the absence of our Presidential candidate.
“We need the participation of all leaders as this is the first NEC meeting we have held since our primaries.
“After our BoT meeting last week, we decided to follow it up with a meeting of the national Caucus and the NEC. However, we found that there are a lot of other issues that must be resolved first.
Additionally, key stakeholders and our candidate have indicated that they will not be available on the scheduled date.
A new date will be announced in due time, the PDP National Secretary Senator Samuel Anyanwu previously stated in a notice announcing the postponement.
He was sorry for any inconvenience the shift may have brought about for the team.
The PDP National Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings that were previously scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11, 2022, respectively, have been postponed, Anyanwu wrote.
He claimed that “unforeseen circumstances” are to blame for the delay.
There are also rumours that Atiku’s selection of Ifeanyi Okowa as governor of Delta State upset some people.
Recall that the party is currently experiencing a crisis as a result of the victory of former vice president Atiku Abubakar in the presidential primaries. Supporters of Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State and first runner-up, have been outraged over what they perceive to be unfair treatment shown to him prior to, during, and following the primaries.
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