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Ayu escapes plot to oust him from office

The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, has passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu amidst a plot by some aggrieved Governors to oust him from office.

Reprieve came for Dr. Ayu when the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu moved a motion, passing a vote of confidence on him, which was seconded by Ishola Balogun Fulani from Kwara state.

Leaders of the party including the presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the new acting chairman board of trustees Senator Adolphus Wabara, the PDP governors forum chairman Aminu Tambuwal and the Senate minority whip, in separate remarks sued for peace and stressed the need to always resolve differences amicably.

Atiku promised to continue the moves to reconcile with all agrieved stakeholders.

The PDP has been enmeshed in internal crisis since the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubarkar as its presidential candidate for the 2023 Elections, with the Rivers state governor, Mr. Nyesome Wike leading the call for the resignation of the PDP national chairman to pave way for a southerner to hold the position.

The chairman of the party’s board of trustees Senator Walid jibrin, a Northerner had resigned shortly before the NEC meeting paving way for Senator Wabara, from the south to take the position as a way of appeasing the southerners in the PDP.

But in a swift reaction, the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesome Wike has rejected the moves, saying that their demand was not for the post of BOT Chairmanship but the national Chairmanship of the party.

Reporting by Vctorson Agbenson; Editing by Julian Osamoto