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PDP NWC may announce Wike group suspension from the party today

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has summoned an emergency meeting on Wednesday following the withdrawal of Rivers  Governor Nyesom Wike and his group from the main opposition party presidential campaign council.

The party may announce its position on the crisis rocking the main opposition today, especially, sources said that PDP may wield the big stick against the group over its insistence on forcing the chairman of the party out of office.

The group had on Wednesday announced its withdrawal from the campaign council and call for the removal of the national chairman of the party as conditions for participating in the campaign.

The group which comprise the Oyo State  Governor, Seyi Makinde, ex-Information Minister, Jerry Gana, and a member of the Board of Trustee (BoT) of the party Bode George announced their decision after a meeting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

They hinged their decision on the failure of the party’s Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office, insisting that the position must come to the South for balance, justice, and equity.

However, following the dust raised by the Wike group withdrawal, the official of the party went into a marathon meeting to deliberate on the impact of the withdrawal on the party’s plans.

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The National Working Committee of the party is expected to announce its position on the Wike group’s decision to withdraw from the party’s campaign activities on Thursday.

“As a party, we need to take a firm position to rebuild and rebrand our party. We have been in a marathon meeting since morning (Wednesday). But one thing is clear, no one has rejected our presidential candidate; that is very important.
“The meeting will continue tomorrow (today) and after the meeting, we will make our position clear,’’ the party spokesman, Debo Ologunagba told a national newspaper on Wednesday.
While responding to the position of the Wike group, the Presidential candidate of the main opposition party, Atiku Abubakar said he is not in a position nor any other person to force the national chairman of the party, Ayu out of his position.
The former vice president said if Ayu will be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the law and the party’s constitution.
“On the calls for the resignation or removal from office of our national chairman, however, I must reiterate what I have said severally in public and in private; the decision for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office is personal to Dr. Ayu and, neither I nor anyone else can make that decision for him,” Atiku said in a statement on Wednesday.

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