The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has already announced the postponement of its National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Caucus meeting originally scheduled to hold tomorrow and Thursday.
A statement by the PDP National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said the postponement was due to “unforeseen circumstances”, and that new dates for the meetings would be announced in due course.
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Although the secretary did not disclose the “unforeseen circumstances” that warranted the postponement, party sources said the decision was informed by a hardline position taken by the Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike in the ongoing effort to reconcile him with the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Among other demands, the Wike camp has called on the National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to step aside and allow one of his deputies from the South to take the office.
A source said the invitation extended to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu by Wike to commission projects in Rivers State ruffled some feathers in the top party hierarchy of the PDP.
PDP stakeholders are said to be uncomfortable with the hobnobbing of the Rivers governor with APC chieftains, especially close allies of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Wike yesterday in Port Harcourt during the inauguration of the Orochiri-Worukwo (Waterlines junction) Flyover vowed that anybody undervaluing his state’s political capability would be taught a painful lesson in 2023.