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PDP chairman Ayu gets NEC vote of confidence as Makinde emerges as party Govs forum chair

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The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday passed a vote of confidence in the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, ruling out the possibility of the main opposition party chairman stepping down any time soon.

This is just as the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, emerged as the new Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.

The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu moved the motion at the NEC meeting on Thursday.

The motion, which was seconded by Ishola Balogun-Fulani, a party member from Kwara state, was put to a voice vote by Adolphus Wabara, the acting chairman of the party’s board of trustees (BoT).

There have been calls by the supporters of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike for Ayu to step down from his position as a condition for peace in the party.

At the NEC meeting in Abuja, a total of 397 members of the NEC including past national chairmen of the party, the immediate past Vice President of the country, Namadi Sambo, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar among others were accredited for the meeting.

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All the 397 members of the NEC present at the meeting voted in support of Ayu to continue as the chairman of the party.

Speaking after the confidence vote was passed on the NWC, Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the party, said the PDP will resolve its crisis and win the 2023 elections.

“Family disagreements are normal. We are determined to resolve those internal disagreements. Disagreement should be removed within the party’s constitution and the rules guiding the party,” he said.

On his part, Wabara urged members to stay united and mind their utterances.

“The PDP has an inbuilt mechanism to solve problems. We have done it several times. When people expect us to implode, that is when we become very glorious,” he said.

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has emerged as the new Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum.

Makinde emerged as the new chairman few minutes after the former chairman, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State resigns from the position on Thursday.

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