PDP BoT chairman set to resign, as NWC members revolt against Ayu

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Walid Jibrin, is set to resign from his position, according to reports.

It has also emerged that some members of the PDP national working committee (NWC) met in Abuja on Tuesday and resolved not to attend any meeting presided over by the incumbent National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, henceforth.

Recall that Jibrin has held the position for six years after taking over the Board from Halliru Bello, who was removed in 2016.

Sources close to the BoT chairman told newsmen yesterday that Jibrin has already briefed senior members of the party of his decision to quit. One of the sources said, “He said it is in the best interest of the party since there are complaints of regional lop-sidedness”.

In 2021, Ayu said he would resign as PDP national chairman if a northerner becomes the party’s presidential candidate.  The presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, is from Adamawa (North-East), Jibrin hails from Nasarawa (North-Central), while Ayu is from Benue, (North-Central). However, despite calls for his resignation, the National Chairman has stayed put, saying that those who want him out of office “are children”.

According to some insiders, some of the stakeholders welcomed Jibrin’s decision, but also insisted that Ayu should also resign from his position “in the interest of equity”.

Recall that the crisis engulfed the country’s main opposition party after Abubakar became the party’s flag-bearer and purportedly overlooked Wike, who was preferred by majority of the NWC members.  Despite the preference of Wike for the position of the party’s vice-presidential candidate, Abubakar chose Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State.

Abubakar has been making attempts to get the Rivers State governor on his side. However, both men are yet to resolve their differences despite having at least two meetings.

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