PDP: Why NEC Meeting was Postponed

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There are concerns over the inability of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to hold their scheduled National Executive Committee meeting.

According to a source privy to the development, the party’s caucus meeting was adjorned to “calm nerves.”

The meeting which took place at the Akwa Ibom Governors lodge in Asokoro, on Monday night was planned to precede the NEC meeting originally scheduled for 2pm on March 14, 2022 at the National secretariat of the party, ended inconclisive and adjourned to Wednesday.

The spokesman of the party, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, later told journalists that all the meetings of the different organs of the party slated for Tuesday had been shifted to Wednesday. He however didn’t give reason for the shift.

It was learnt that the postponement was forced by forces angling for and against zoning of the presidential ticket of the party.

Those for and against Midwest Herald learnt were vehement to on their positions and that led the NWC to back pedal to give room for diplomacy.

The two sides are divided along geographical lines of North and South.

After the meeting, which lasted for close to two hours, Ologunagba disclosed that the caucus meeting had been adjourned till Wednesday, the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Board of Trustees meeting earlier scheduled for Tuesday to discuss important issues would also hold on Wednesday.

“After effective discussions, we have adjourned the meeting to Wednesday for the continuation of all the issues on the agenda.

“On Wednesday at 10 a.m. the caucus meeting will hold, thereafter the BoT meeting and then the NEC meeting,” he said.

In spite of the hitches, National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, said PDP is on course with the timetable and guidelines for 2023 General Elections as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ayu said the National Working Committee was working round the clock to ensure that the party keeps to the timetable issued by INEC.

“We are very much on course and this meeting is for to look at our own timetable and guidelines. We are determine that we will keep strictly to the guideline in spite the short time that is available to us. We will keep to this time line,” he said.

Ayu, who said serious issues were discussed, added that the PDP NWC was working with stakeholders to resolve whatever problems within the party.

On the crisis in some chapters of the party, Ayu said “On the crisis in other state chapters. We are to conduct congresses in state chapters that we did not have congresses before.

“Whatever problem that may have arising from those congresses, we are addressing them and we hope that by the time we resolve everything the party will be stronger than ever before,” he said.

In his remarks, the Chairman, PDP Governors Forum, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, appealed to leaders and members of the party to bury their differences and work together.

“We must give the right signal to Nigerians, that we are united and ready to rescue this country.”

On his part, the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, appealed to the party leaders not to abandon the old party members, while welcoming those retuning after defecting to other political parties.

Jibrin also described the meeting as critical to the party as it was expected to come out with important decisions.

 

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