One group, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP (RAF) Aspiring Representatives Forum, has appealed to Governor Wike Nyesom and his supporters to allow peace to reign in the party to ensure the party’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.
The group made the appeal at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, during which it pledged to mobilize voters for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in all 360 federal constituencies.
Wike and some PDP members, including some four governors, have been demanding the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to correct the imbalance in his leadership.
They said that with the rise of Atiku, a northerner, as the PDP’s presidential candidate, Mr. Ayu, also a northerner, should step down to pave the way for a southerner to fill the post.
Atiku, a former vice president, had defeated Nyesom and 11 others in the party’s presidential primary in May and chose Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate over Governor Rivers, who came second in the election.
Since then, the main opposition party has been embroiled in a crisis with Wike’s supporters, who believe the governor was betrayed, seeking that the national president must go.
However, at its recent meeting, the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) approved a vote of confidence in the national chairman and other members of the national working committee.
Also, last week, in a meeting with the PDP’s southwestern chapter, Atiku said that although Mr. Ayu’s removal is feasible, it must comply with the party’s constitution, rules, regulations, and procedure.
Last Thursday, Wike and the other governors of his field were named members of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC). None of them have kicked against their inclusion so far.
Sheath your sword
The RAF, which is a body that brings together all the candidates for the House of Representatives from all the states of the federation who aspired but lost in the recently concluded PDP primary elections in the 360 federal electoral districts of the country, asked the team of Wike to accept the resolution of the NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
“Therefore, we appeal to HE Nyesom Wike to accept the recent resolution of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our great party reaffirming confidence in the Party’s National Chairman in good faith, no matter how he and his supporters may see it. the resolution is at odds with your wishes and aspirations. Democracy demands that we tolerate developments that may be personally distasteful to us but popular with the majority,” said the forum’s national chair, Danjuma Muhammad.
“We appreciate the efforts and pragmatism shown by HE, Atiku Abubakar, and other well-intentioned members of the party in engaging with HE, Governor Nyesom Wike, and their group and urge that this dialogue continue until we reach a consensus. and unity to face the arduous task of dislodging the most incompetent political party of recent times in any part of the world so that it does not continue ruining and endangering the very existence of our country.
“We want to unite our voices to call on HE, Governor Nyesom Wike, and their group to make their grievances and demand for fair inclusion well known and that it is time for them to sheathe their sword. No matter the bitterness, no matter the grievances, we are better united under one umbrella to deliver PDPs for Nigeria.”
The group reminded Wike that, as he repeatedly implied, “it is better to fight in your father’s house because you have a right to claim than to be a slave in another man’s house.”
He added: “All that glitters is not gold! This is a wake-up call to services, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our children, and we owe it to the generation yet to be born to act to save Nigeria from sinking. Posterity will judge us not only for our actions but also for our inaction. Let’s join hands and deliver Atiku and Okowa for Nigeria. Let’s return power to the people.”