September 22, (THEWILL) – The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has summoned an emergency meeting, following the withdrawal of some aggrieved members of the party, led by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, from the party’s presidential campaign council.
THEWILL earlier reported that the group, had in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Wednesday, demanded the resignation of Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the PDP, insisting that its members would boycott all campaign activities of the party until Ayu resigns and his position returned to the South.
Reacting to the development, the PDP on Wednesday, went into a marathon meeting to deliberate on the impact of the withdrawal on the party’s plans.
The party spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, said the leadership of the party had been meeting since Wike’s camp announced their withdrawal from the campaign council, adding that the National Working Committee would announce their decision today (Thursday).
“As a party, we need to take a firm position to rebuild and rebrand our party. We have been in a marathon meeting since morning (Wednesday). But one thing is clear, no one has rejected our presidential candidate; that is very important. The meeting will continue tomorrow (today) and after the meeting, we will make our position clear”, he stated.
Meanwhile, former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George, has stressed that the demands for Ayu’s resignation were not a constitutional, but a moral issue that requires little reasoning to unify the party.
George stated this when he appeared on Channels TV programme, ‘Politics Today,’ on Wednesday night.
Justifying the demand, he said, “We are not talking about removing him or forcing him to resign. What we are saying is Senator Ayu by himself stated that peradventure the presidential candidate emerges from the north, he would resign. So why is he sticking to the point of our constitution?
“What we are talking about is purely a moral issue. Once we use the same moral issue to allow Atiku Abubakar to compete at the primaries; President Buhari is from the North, should another Northerner replace him? Doesn’t that affect inclusivity?
“If he is talking purely on a legal issue, no, that is not what we are saying; if we use the same moral compass to allow him to compete if we zoned the position, would he have emerged? It is not a fixated thing that can’t be fixed.
“We are not talking on a constitutional issue of Ayu resigning or not, what we are saying is that on a moral basis, resign as national chairman.”