PDP Bows to Wike’s Faction, Fails to Discipline Erring G5 Governors

In a significant turn of events, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has succumbed to the influence of Nyesom Wike’s faction, failing to take action against the erring G5 governors. The decision came after the endorsement of the Amb. Umar Damagum-led National Working Committee (NWC) by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at its 98th meeting in Abuja.

The endorsement marks a triumph for Wike’s camp within the party, as they successfully secured support for Damagum’s leadership. Despite efforts from the camp of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to reinstall Damagum as Deputy National Chairman (North), the NEC’s decision stands.

Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the meeting, contrary to expectations of discord. He emphasized the unity of the party and its commitment to following constitutional guidelines.

Damagum himself reiterated that the position he holds is not a matter of life and death for him. He stated, “Even if I revert to deputy national chairman, I’m still a member of NWC. The issue of surviving or not does not emerge.”

Following the NEC meeting, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, conveyed the resolutions reached. The NEC commended the resilience of party organs, particularly in resisting divisive tactics from rival parties. It also expressed concern over the worsening state of affairs in the nation under the APC administration, condemning its handling of security and economic challenges.

Key decisions included the approval of a timetable for party congresses nationwide, the reconstitution of disciplinary and reconciliation committees, and the extension of the Party Constitution Amendment Committee’s tenure.

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Despite these decisions, concerns were raised about internal strife within the party, particularly regarding adherence to constitutional provisions. Sen. Adolphus Wabara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), highlighted the need for reconciliation and unity to address challenges facing the PDP.

Damagum, in his report, acknowledged the challenges faced in the 2023 general elections but praised the party’s legal team and faithful supporters for their efforts. He also discussed the outcome of off-cycle elections and the party’s ongoing preparations for future contests.

In addressing the state of the nation, Damagum criticized the APC-led government’s failure to address unemployment, poverty, and insecurity. He emphasized the need for unity within the PDP to tackle these issues effectively.