As the highest decision-making body of the People’s Democratic Party, the National Executive Committee (NEC) will meet on Thursday to assess the state of the party. Wike, which leads the South.
The crisis in the party following the arrival of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the presidential running mate has prevented the party from forming its presidential campaign committee for 2023.
At the NEC meeting, the party will also examine the state of the nation as it responds to calls in some quarters for its national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to step down in order to reshuffle the party’s national leadership. to make possible. constitutionally prescribed zoning plan.
After announcing Okowa as Atiku’s running mate, Wike and his group, which has several PDP governors as members, have since refused to work with the former vice president, demanding that Wike be calmed down first about the alleged humiliation he suffered in the process.
However, the two groups agreed last week to set up a committee with an equal number of nominees from either side to resolve the disagreements between Atiku and Wike, with a view to making recommendations.
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While not an NEC commission, Nigerian Tribune understands it will be interested in examining the report as part of the overall move to pave the way forward.
Top party sources have confided in the Nigerian Tribune that Wike’s problem has gone beyond Wike as southerners suspect a northern agenda is being implemented in the party.
They cited the party’s key leadership positions, including the presidential candidate, the national chairman and the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), all of which are taken by the north and the reluctance to realign the leadership structure.
The party source said: “We have opened our eyes. What we didn’t know, we thought we were doing normal politics. Now we have seen a section agenda. So that agenda is wrong. A Fulani man, after another eight years from another Fulani man. How do we suddenly get into this problem and have a sense of belonging?
“We have now seen the Islamic agenda that we have not thought of, we have now seen it openly. We are simply led to recognize the reality on the ground. We were very innocent; we have not thought about these things. We are now suddenly aware of them.
“So, in view of them, we now demand certain guarantees for the future. As far as we are concerned, we have been tricked, we have been scammed. We thought that all these things that Atiku did was the need to flee. But No. There is an agenda to keep some part of the country in power Now that we have found out that all bets are off we want to take the time to recalibrate ourselves.
“There’s nothing like partying. Our brothers are now playing North against South. We understand them and we accept the reality.”
Noting that the southern party members support the southern governors, the source warned: “Don’t make the mistake and see it as a Wike thing. That’s where you’re wrong. That’s the old Fulani game.”
The Nigerian Tribune has also learned that many Southern party stakeholders have lost confidence in the NEC’s ability to resolve the disputed issues, as they believe that both the supreme decision-making body and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party have sided with the northern caucus.
They warned that unless the party restructures its leadership by removing Ayu as national chairman, they may be forced to activate another option, which is to join another presidential candidate.
When contacted, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba rejected any suggestion of a North-South divide and described the matter as mundane.
He said the PDP, unlike the All Progressives Congress (APC), is uniting the country and intends to rescue it from the mismanagement it has suffered over the past seven years.
The party spokesperson assured that the PDP is in talks on how best to approach the rescue process, noting that there could be disagreements in the course of that, which the party is confident will be fully resolved.