March 20, 2023



PDP disaster: Amid Wike’s insistence on Ayu’s resignation, Atiku kick begins marketing campaign in Uyo 

Forward of the 2023 normal elections, the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) and its presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, will flag off its marketing campaign Monday (as we speak) tenth October, 2022 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

The get together will hit the bottom operating amid concern over the insistence by Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike-led group on the resignation of the PDP nationwide chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu’s resignation, if all is to be nicely throughout the main opposition get together forward of subsequent yr’s ballot.

The Wike’s group has remained adamant and vowed to not have something doing with the presidential marketing campaign group besides Ayu capsules out.

In a press release Sunday by its Nationwide Organising Secretary and Director of Subject Operations, Presidential Marketing campaign Council, Hon. Umar Bature, stated the rally will happen at Nest Of Champions Stadium, Uyo, the state capital.

The assertion learn partially: “That is to ask all Members of Nationwide Working Committee, Governors, Candidates of our Nice Get together, the PDP; NASS Members, NEC Members, BOT, State Chapters, Former Governors, BOT, NASS, and NWC Members, Former Ministers, and Stakeholders to the Flag-Off ceremony of our Presidential Marketing campaign as scheduled under:

“Monday tenth October, 2022 at Nest Of Champions Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State by 10:00AM immediate.

 “Please endeavour to mobilize your supporters massively to take part as we be a part of fingers with our Presidential Candidate, H.E. Atiku Abubakar, GCON, (Waziri Adamawa) to Rescue Nigeria.”

 The unresolved Wike/PDP debacle

Whereas numerous strikes have been made to reconcile the assorted tendencies throughout the get together, such efforts had at all times come to nullity.

The decision for Ayu’s removing was consequent upon the emergence of Atiku, a northerner, because the get together’s presidential candidate.

 These in Wike’s camp calling for Ayu’s removing embody however not restricted to Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu states and the get together’s former deputy nationwide chairman (South), Chief Olabode George.

The Wike-led group throughout the get together had final month pulled out of the PDP presidential marketing campaign council.

 They vowed to not play any position in Atiku’s marketing campaign forward of subsequent yr’s presidential ballot, insisting the get together’s nationwide chairman should resign to create a means for a southerner to occupy the get together’s primary spot earlier than backing down on their risk.

The failed strikes

Observing that the cracks would have an effect on the get together’s possibilities, totally different organs of the get together made a number of reconciliatory strikes that didn’t yield the specified outcome.

One in every of such was the resignation of the chairman, PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibril, who constituted a committee that failed to satisfy with Wike and Atiku’s camp.

In Jibrin’s place, former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara turned the PDP BoT chairman.

However the group stated that ‘sacrifice’ was removed from what they demanded, insisting the BoT was solely advisory and that each one they needed was the get together’s primary spot for fairness, justice and equity.

In one other transfer, the PDP presidential candidate and Wike collectively constituted a committee led by Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and former Minister of Data and Nationwide Orientation Professor Jerry Gana. They met twice with none settlement on the best way ahead.

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Consequently, the Wike’s camp and Atiku met in London a few weeks in the past to additionally reconcile opponents. Surprisingly, days after the conferences, each factions nonetheless engaged in bickering. 

The latest efforts for peace to reign within the main opposition get together and amongst its leaders, was the Wabara- led BoT’s particular reconciliation committee’s separate conferences with Atiku, his operating mate, Okowa; and Wike.

Although Wike insisted on Ayu’s resignation, Wabara’s committee claimed they have been now nicely knowledgeable on the disaster rocking the get together.

Atiku’s stance

However after failed reconciliatory efforts, the PDP presidential candidate stated no one, not even him can power the embattled Ayu out of workplace.

“On the requires the resignation or removing from workplace of our nationwide chairman, nonetheless, I have to reiterate what I’ve stated severally in public and in non-public; the choice for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from workplace is private to Dr. Ayu and, neither I nor anybody else could make that call for him.  

 “As to the requires the removing of Dr. Ayu from workplace, nonetheless, I’ll state that, as a dedicated democrat and agency believer within the rule of legislation and democratic tenets, and our get together being one arrange, organized and controlled by legislation and our structure, it’s my absolute perception that the whole lot that we do in our get together should be finished in accordance with, and conformity to, the legislation and our structure.

“If Dr. Ayu is to be faraway from workplace; it should be finished in accordance with the legal guidelines that set out the idea for such removing. In any occasion, you’ll all recall that the very physique that’s empowered by legislation to provoke this removing from workplace, has already handed a vote of confidence in him,” Atiku had stated.

Group berates Wike

In a associated improvement, a coalition of civil society organisations beneath the aegis of Higher Life for Nigeria, has berated Governor Wike for slowing down the PDP within the decision of the disaster rocking the get together.

The coalition, in a press release Sunday by its coordinator, Waheed Abduljeleel, stated the governor shouldn’t be sportsman as his actions after the presidential primaries gave him out as an embittered loser decided to rock the boat as a result of Atiku is a Muslim.

Chronicling Wike’s actions able to derailing the PDP’s quest for presidency in 2023, the coalition stated: “PDP as a celebration was based and funded in 1998 by nice politicians like Alex Ekwueme, Abubakar Rimi, Sunday Awoniyi, Solomon Lar, Atiku Abubakar, Iorchia Ayu, and many others.

“The concept was to have a nationwide get together the place choices will likely be taken by all members, and never a celebration within the pocket of a single particular person. Ayu stated in his interview with Come up TV that he’ll resign if the get together asks him to resign (not a person). The NWC which is the very best choice physique of the get together handed a vote of confidence on Ayu and requested him to remain.

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“This case that has a presidential candidate and chairman of the get together from one zone pre-election shouldn’t be new. Ahmadu Ali from North central was chairman when Musa Yar’Adua from North-west was the presidential candidate between 2006-2007.

“What if Ayu resigns and Atiku fails to win, will he be given again his mandate to finish the constitutional 4 years?

“In any case, the PDP state excos in Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Edo, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross-River, and Delta have thrown their help behind Ayu and handed a vote of confidence on him.

“The presidential zoning committee was about zoning the presidential ticket to South east with Peter Obi more likely to get the ticket, Wike insisted that the zoning must be thrown open, figuring out that GEJ obtained the South-south slot.

“Atiku had stated that if the presidential ticket is zoned to the South east, he gained’t contest. Wike’s ambition didn’t permit this zoning to work.”

Whereas alleging {that a} high politician within the South-east was used to chase Peter Obi (now Labour Get together’s presidential candidate) out of PDP, the coalition stated: “Each member of the PDP sacrificed for the get together at one level or the opposite. Some even died within the course of.

Others used their private assets to fund the get together.

“Wike desires to foist a boss on the PDP that can work in opposition to Atiku in order that Atiku will lose the 2023 election and go away the PDP for him and his group, post-2023. They want a celebration chairman that can do their bidding like what Adamu Mu’azu did to GEJ in 2015.”

‘Reconciliation not 100-meter sprint’

However when requested whether or not the get together and its presidential candidate had referred to as Wike’s bluff, PDP Nationwide Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba stated political reconciliation shouldn’t be a 100-meter sprint however a marathon course of.

Ologunagba stated “reconciliation is ongoing”, including that “very quickly we are going to announce the excellent news.”

Ologunagba continued: “All organs of the get together are working nearly additional time to make sure that there may be concord. Now we have sturdy variations and determination mechanisms throughout the get together to debate this. 

“Reconciliation variations within the political get together shouldn’t be 100-meter sprint, it’s a marathon course of. The method is ongoing and really quickly we are going to announce the excellent news.

“We will all work collectively as a celebration to help of our presidential candidate to rescue and rebuild Nigeria,” Ologunagba stated Saturday in an interview with Blueprint.

 APC inaugurates ladies marketing campaign

In a associated improvement, the Organising Committee of the Tinubu/Shettima Ladies Presidential Marketing campaign Workforce stated its numerous committees could be inaugurated Monday, October 10, 2022.

The committees could be inaugurated on the Presidential Villa Abuja.

First Woman Aisha Muhammadu Buhari was final week introduced because the grand patron of the ladies wing of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Marketing campaign Workforce.

The spouse of the APC presidential candidate, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and the spouse of the Vice Presidential candidate, Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima, will function chairman and co-chairman respectively.

“The announcement of our ladies marketing campaign group has drawn optimistic reactions from throughout the nation, with many Nigerians questioning why different events don’t make comparable efforts concerning gender mainstreaming of their respective presidential campaigns.

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“Others have famous that the APC’s ladies’s marketing campaign group, comprising over 1,200 ladies drawn from throughout the nation, additional bolsters the get together’s gender-sensitive credentials because the APC can also be the one main political get together to have a feminine gubernatorial candidate within the 2023 election cycle.

“The ladies’s marketing campaign group will take pleasure in a level of autonomy and set up its personal programmes, and that there will likely be actions on the nationwide, zonal and state ranges.

Efforts are additionally reportedly ongoing to rally the hundreds of women-focused help teams affiliated with the APC for a nationwide mass mobilization venture,” a supply on the Organising Committee of the Tinubu/Shettima Ladies Presidential Marketing campaign Workforce advised Blueprint.

Professional-Tinubu teams okay BoT chair 

Equally, the Nationwide Working Committee of CityBoy Motion and Nationwide Coalition Group (NCG)-the help teams working for the success of the APC presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his operating mate, Kashim Shettima, within the 2023 normal elections – have handed a vote of confidence of their Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Hon. Francis Shoga.

In a press release made obtainable to Blueprint on the weekend by the Director of Media and Publicity of the CityBoy-NCG, Aminat Aminu-Isah, the group stated the vote of confidence was handed on behalf of the Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) of the teams by the chairman of the organising committee of the Cityboy-NCG, Hon. Olushayo Adeyemi, at an appraisal and analysis assembly which held Friday in Abuja.

The assertion stated the assembly was to look at the success and shortfalls of the live performance organised by the group on September 28, to indicate help and usher within the electioneering campaigns which commenced similar day.

Based on the duo of Olushayo Adeyemi and the co-chairman of the organising committee, Dr. Hassan Sadiq, it turned obligatory as Shoga had demonstrated capability and dedication that might maintain the tempo of actions already lined up in direction of the actualisation of the Tinubu/Shettima presidency in 2023.

“We have been all on the Unity Fountain final week Thursday. I have to inform you that we couldn’t have had it higher than we did.

 “The live performance held in help of our principal was nothing however a hit. For us to do extra on the subject of strategic plans, we should make sure that we’ve somebody who’s succesful to take cost because the BOT Chairman, and you’ll all agree with me that Shoga is the person for the job,” Olushayo stated.

In help of the transfer, the assertion stated Dr Bako Mohammed, nationwide chairman of NCG and different NWC members agreed with the submission of the chairman of the organising committee of the live performance, including that the value for greatness is accountability.

They referred to as on the Presidential Marketing campaign Council to present extra accountability to the group, saying “they’ve proven dedication, capability and dedication to do extra.”

The CityBoy-NCG consists of pros, artisans and college students throughout the 774 native authorities areas (LGA), wards and polling items throughout the nation.