Resign For Handing PDP To Wike, APC Or We Quit Party – 60 Pro-Atiku Rep Members Tell Damagum

Not less than 60 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House of Representatives loyal to former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, have threatened to leave the party if the Acting National Chairman Umar Ililya Damagum does not resign immediately....READ FULL ARTICLE

They said he should immediately be replaced by someone from the North Central in line with the constitution of the party among other demands.

The lawmakers accused Damagum of handing over the structure of the leadership of the PDP to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and the All Progressives Congress (APC), under which he’s serving as a minister.

Hon Ugochinyere Ikenga, who led five other lawmakers to address reporters at the National Assembly on Monday, delivered the threat on behalf of the 60 PDP lawmakers.

He said the Acting National Chairman, who has been allegedly engaging in anti-party activities, sold the party “for a plate of porridge.”

Ikenga pointed out that if President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had not been consistent in opposition over the years, he would have not succeeded as President today.

They said Damagun should go before destroying the party.

The lawmakers threatened that if this was not met they would leave the PDP and move to join other political parties.

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“Following the removal of Sen. Iyorchia Ayu as national chairman of our party and assumption of office by Umar Illiya Damagun, who was elected as Deputy National Chairman to act in his stead, the party has only known misfortune and abdicated its responsibility as the leading opposition party in the country.

“That role which Nigerians would have loved the PDP to play as an institution it truly is has been abdicated for a plate of porridge.

“A serious leadership would have set up structures to review what, why, and how the party failed to win the last presidential election and also failed to secure majority in both chambers of the National Assembly, rather the Umar Damagum led NWC is assiduously working to hand over the party to the ruling APC and their agents.

“A serious leadership would have looked into the acts of open anti-party activities, established why they happened and set up measures to ensure that it never happened.

“A serious party leadership would have since the end of elections or even the tribunal matters gone round to thank members and rally them for the challenge ahead of being the opposition and offering credible alternatives to the people.

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“We do not have any of these. But again imagine if we had such with the current state of the nation.

“Imagine the suffering of Nigerians because PDP as opposition does not have direction due to the activities of Damagum and co. This is very disheartening.

“Disheartening because this is a man who is not supposed to be in the office in the first place. He was only constitutionally allowed to step in, hold the fort and midwife the process through which the North Central Zone where the Chairmanship of the party was originally zone to present another person who would complete the slot of the North Central.

“Not only did Damagun hold tight to the seat for well over a year now, he has abdicated every responsibility of the office of the Chairman of PDP and is very comfortable serving APC interests.

“There had been agreement of a broad spectrum of the party leadership when it became clear that Damagum was not interested in conducting elections but to appoint Caretaker committees in at least 19 states where the tenures of the State and local government leaders were expiring to extend the tenures of these officials by three months.

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“This decision which was made to cover every state was the wisdom that restrained Damagum from announcing a wholesale list of a majority of Caretaker Committees populated by APC agents masquerading as PDP members.

However, despite that decision to retain everybody, Damagun went ahead and received a list of APC agents and announced them as members and leaders of the PDP Local Government Caretaker Committees in Rivers State and partially in at least 10 other states. This is a direct attempt to kill the PDP and ensure it goes into extinction.

“To make issues clearer, we are speaking on behalf of at least 60 lawmakers in the opposition lawmakers’ coalition in the National Assembly. We all won our elections without any form of help or support from them.

“We have been briefed of plans and ongoing mobilisation and lobbying of some PDP NEC members by APC loyalist masquerading as PDP Members to issue a kangaroo vote of confidence on Damagum to enable APC to continue their hold on the party via their agents who claim to be PDP while on APC mission to destroy PDP....READ FULL ARTICLE