Primary: Crisis looms PDP as stakeholders demand chair, secretary resignation

Within a week after its presidential conference,
a new crisis could arise in the Peoples Democratic Party as its participants under the Concerned PDP League,

demanded that the National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu esule; Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu and National Planning Secretary, Umar Bature.


The organization also known as the ‘PDP Watchdog’

accused Ayu and other members of the National Working Committee of allegedly selling party tickets to high-profile applicants and falsifying a list of delegates used at the party’s presidential conference.


The League has warned that failing to submit their resignations on or before June 20, 2022, will spark major protests against the club’s national secretaries.

The demand came 24 hours after a state official and leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Head Edwin Clark, demanded that Ayu no longer qualified and unfit to hold his position as national PDP chairperson.

Clark suspected that Ayu had shown partiality in the process that led to the “controversial conclusion of the PDP’s first presidential meeting.”


The leader of the Concerned PDP League, Daboikiabo Warmate, said Ayu and his team were allegedly involved in another scandal or another that had damaged the party since taking office six months ago.

When contacted by The PUNCH, Simon Imobo-Tswam, Special Media Assistant at Iyorchia Ayu, said, “No comment.”

Describing Ayu-led AC as the darkest part in party history, Warmate warned that “with the PDP in charge, the party could lose the 2023 general election.”


He pointed out that many of the unpopular decisions, actions and misconduct of the national chairman have led to the emergence of some unpopular individuals, the dismissal of party members and problems in other regional chapters of the PDP.

He said, “Since the inception of the NWC led by Ayu, some NWC members have been embroiled in another scandal or another that has damaged the PDP. It is frustrating, annoying, annoying and embarrassing to watch, listen to and read from various media outlets and forums almost every week of the month.

Allegations ranging from the issuance of high ticket tickets to dismissals that could cost the PDP a run-off in the 2023 elections, to the looting of the Local Government Committee (allocations) list; exploitation of national and international lists, using non-party members in the official PDP allocation and unfairly withdrawing trainees and resigning those who want to enter with questionable and honest certificates, e.g. T. P. Williams of the FCT Senatorial race, Comrade Ikenga Imo Guided in ideato Race North and South region in Imo state and Rt. Honorable. (Chief) Sherif Oborevwori in the Delta regional competition, et al. ”

This, he said, introduced the PDP to the people of Nigeria as a party that can engage with and promote its political and moral policy.

Warmate reiterated that following the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, both the National Chairman and the party’s flag bearer were unable to appear in the same constituency.

He said, “North East (Adamawa State) has also produced Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as president and flag bearer, while North-Central (Benue and Nasarawa regions) still hold the position of National Chairman. and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the person of Ayu and Sen. Walid Jibril respectively.

“This is not in line with section 7, clause 3 (c) and section 46 of clause 3 of the constitution of our major party as amended in 2017. It is not politically correct and morally incompatible.

“We therefore request the National Chairperson, the National Secretary and the National Planning Secretary to without delay, issue resignation letters and provide all copies of the party and other items to their deputies as per the constitution of our party as amended in 2017.

“As far as the national chairperson is concerned, he must provide the Deputy National Chairperson for the South. This is in line with the party’s internal policies and constitution. ”

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