The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman and the National Working Committee, (NWC).
The confidence vote was passed yesterday, at the on-going NEC meeting of the party in Abuja, and comes amid push for his resignation by the camp of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike.
The Motion for the vote of confidence in the PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC) was moved by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu and was seconded by Kola Balogun, presided over by the new Acting Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, (BoT), Adolphus Wabara, which the NWC members answered in the affirmative.
The vote of confidence, according to observers, suggests that the party chairman will not be stepping down any time soon. Recall that there have been several calls by the southern caucus of the PDP for Ayu to step down for a southerner; however, with the vote of confidence, it is almost certain that Ayu will not be vacating the seat.
In reaction to the development, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, said the party is determined to resolve its disagreements. According to him, such disagreements as have rocked the party in recent times are normal in a family.
The former vice-president added that the PDP is the oldest party in Nigeria and has stood the test of time.