The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership crisis was aggravated by the antagonistic positions of the competing forces on zoning of party offices and the 2023 presidential ticket, it was learnt last night.
The party’s governors are meeting today in Abuja to deliberate on the lingering disagreement to chart a path towards a solution.
Yesterday, prominent party chieftains, including members of the National Working Committee (NWC) resolved to back Elder Yemi Akinwonmi as acting chairman in accordance with party constitution.
Party youths under the aegis of the PDP Youths Movement, led by Salaudeen Lukman, warned that the party might not bounce back to power in 2023, should the crisis persist.
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According to a source, anti-Uche Secondus forces want the suspended national chairman to vacate office to prevent him from taking charge of the preparations for the convention, particularly the composition of the Convention Planning Committee.
It is believed that the composition of the Convention Committee will solidify Secondus’ influence and hold on the processes that will lead to the emergence of new National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC), the source added.
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Confirming today’s PDP governors’ meeting, Director-General, PDP Governors’ Forum, C.I.D Maduabum, said in a statement that the emergency meeting was summoned by its Chairman and governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, in consultation with his colleagues.
He said the meeting slated for 5pm would discuss recent developments in the party.
The forum enjoined PDP members and stakeholders to exercise patience as efforts were on to ensure the stability of the party in the days ahead.
Many members of the NWC yesterday resolved to back Akinwonmi as acting chairman.