April 17, 2024

PDP urged to take disciplinary action against erring members


PDP and its colour flags

By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) groups that met in Kaduna ahead of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Party (PDP) scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2024 in Abuja, have called on the party to take disciplinary action against erring members, insisting that the Acting Chairman Damagum would not be sacked while Iyorchia Ayu’s court case is on.

The groups said although they were left alone after the 2023 general election allegedly by the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Nyesom Wike, the party is standing strong.

The groups however,reminded those calling for the removal of Usman Iliya Damagum as acting chairman of the party that the case of the suspended Chairman, Iyorcha Ayu is still in court.

The PDP groups in the North under the aegis of Northern Professionals Movement and PDP Elders Support Group in a joint statement after the meeting with other stakeholders from the party from 22 States in Kaduna, clarified that Damagum as Deputy Chairman (North) came in an acting capacity and until the court determines Ayu’s matter or Ayu resigns, Damagum remains in that capacity.

Leaders of the two groups, Mr. Isaac Samuel and Dr. Muazzam Lawal Sadauki in the joint statement decried attacks on the personality of Damagum and the National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP by some youths in the social media.

They called on the leadership of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and PDP Governors Forum to urgently wade into the ongoing escalation of a political crisis threatening the unity and political stability of the party.

According to the statement, “despite all the sacrifices made by the NWC of the party during and after the 2023 general elections and subsequent activities of the party in the country, some people were paid to write and rubbish their leaders.”

“These are coming up because of the interest of some individuals who are eager to control the soul of our party unconstitutionally. These include people who have abandoned the party several times after the general elections.”

“The task before the party leaders now is to identify the grey areas with the intention to address such and then return the desired peace and unity to the PDP.We disagree with any plans to change the leadership of the party at the moment as our party is in dire need of cohesion to stabilize itself from unforeseen challenges.”

“We are calling on the BoT and PDP Governors Forum to act decisively along with the NWC of the party to sanction or suspend both Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike from attending any activities of the party to restore sanity and political stability in the party.”

“While we call for restraint from all other loyal and disciplined members of the PDP family; strict measures should be put in place by the NWC of the party against those who actively supported or played major roles in the defeat of our candidates in the past general elections,” they added.