PDP call emergency meeting, as Wike’s group withdraws from Atiku’s campaign

After Wike and his supporters resigned from the party’s presidential campaign council, the party summoned an emergency meeting.

The decision on Wike’s camp, however, will be made public following today’s PDP leadership meeting.

The Peoples Democratic Party leadership will publish a statement on the activities of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Oyo State counterpart Seyi Makinde, ex-Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, and other notable party officials today, September 22nd, 2022.

Following a meeting on Wednesday morning at Wike’s private residence in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Wike camp stated their resolve not to resign from the campaign council, which was set to be inaugurated next Wednesday.

They insisted that Chairman Iyorchia Ayu retire and that his post be zoned to the south for the sake of balance, fairness, and equity.

Following the incident, the PDP leadership had a marathon meeting to decide what action to take in response to the Wike camp’s actions.

PDP spokesman Debo Ologunagba confirmed the meeting with the party’s leadership on Wednesday.

“As a party, we must take a clear stance in order to restore and rebrand our party.” We’ve been having a lengthy meeting since the morning (Wednesday). But one thing is certain: no one has rejected our presidential candidate, which is critical. The meeting will continue tomorrow (today), and we will make our views clear afterward.”

However, the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, informed Governor Nyesom Wike and his supporters on Wednesday that Iyorchia Ayu will not resign.

“On the calls for the resignation or removal from office of our national chairman, however, I must reiterate what I have said several times in public and private; the decision for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office is personal to Dr. Ayu, and neither I nor anyone else can make that decision for him,” Atiku said in a statement.

Atiku stated that he is a dedicated democrat who believes in the rule of law and democratic principles, and that everything must be done in accordance with the party’s constitution.

“However, as a committed democrat and firm believer in the rule of law and democratic tenets, and our party being one set up, organized, and regulated by law and our constitution, it is my absolute belief that everything that we do in our party must be done in accordance with, and conformity to, the law and our constitution,” he said.

Atiku stressed that removing Ayu from office must be done in accordance with the party’s rules.

“If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done in conformity with the laws that establish the grounds for such removal,” he says.

“In any case, you will recall that the same body that is authorized by law to commence this removal from office has already voted in his favor.”

Timothy Osadolor, a member of the PDP National Working Committee, also chastised Wike for harboring grudges for too long.

He forewarned him that his ego could be his undoing.

Osadolor claimed the call for Ayu’s dismissal was part of a conspiracy to undermine the party’s chances in the 2023 elections.

“The matter is being taken too far; Wike is crying too much for a grown person,” he said. I’m not sure why Wike, with all of his life experiences, can’t get over the loss of the primary. Ego is desirable, but for some candidates, it can be destructive.”

“Why did you wish to tear down the house because of your interest?” the NWC member continued. Calling for the dismissal of Iyorchia Ayu and his followers on the spur of the moment is not conceivable, and it is not even what he wants.

“I feel that calling for Iyorchia Ayu’s dismissal is an attempt to disrupt the general elections, which I believe he is currently doing.”

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