Adolphus Wabara, the newly appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has initiated crucial moves to save the party from further damage.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the former senate president is leading a delegation of the PDP BoT, comprising some former governors, ex-deputy governors, ex-ministers and other top party chieftains to meet three of the aggrieved PDP governors.
It was learnt that the meeting is meant to placate the aggrieved governors and to stop attempts by the All Progressives Congress to woo the governors to the ruling party.
Crisis has been rocking the PDP since the conclusion of its presidential primary election that produced a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as the party’s flagbearer.
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who came second in the election insists there was foul play and has alongside some other governors called for the removal of the party’s chairman, Iyorcha Ayu.
Ayu himself has refused to step down, insisting that he would stay as chairman till at least the 2023 general elections.
But Wabara, in an interview with The Punch on Wednesday, said he would lead the PDP BoT team to meet the aggrieved governors in the next 48 hours.
He said, “We are starting our moves by paying official visits to some of our leaders posing to be aggrieved.
“Within the next 48 hours, we will be meeting with about three governors to hear them out and appeal to them that what matters is, that we should win come 2023. I have been avoiding press releases or interviews for now, unless I have something to tell Nigerians, my party faithful or the world.
“You will hear from me much later. But we are starting the consultations and intervention tomorrow and in 48 hours’ time, we will be meeting with the three governors.”
Meanwhile, Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, at a stakeholder meeting in Ibadan with the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in attendance insisted that Ayu must step down for peace to return to the party.
In a press statement later by Makinde’s CPS, Taiwo Adisa, and titled, “2023: South West PDP resolves to back Atiku, insists Ayu must go,” Makinde said S’West PDP had resolved to back Atiku and his running mate in the 2023 election but said Ayu must go.
Makinde said Ayu should resign for someone from the South to take over the position, noting that this would make the people in the southern part of the country have a sense of belonging in the party.
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