Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, decided to ignore the insistence of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and those in his camp, on the removal of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorcha Ayu, in order to save the party from “constitutional crisis”.

Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, a Spokesperson to the PDP Presidential campaign organization and aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Atiku’s running mate and Governor of Delta State stated this on Thursday while speaking as a guest on Arise TV.

According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, explored different options from what Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other stakeholders proffered in resolving the crisis rocking the party.

However, most political analysts this as an indication that the Atiku camp has finally decided to call the bluff of the Wike camp.

The Campaign also said the sacking of the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, would create constitutional crisis for the party, which would snowball into greater problems than what the party was currently faced with.The main issue being canvassed by the stakeholders, it said, was the stepping down of the National Chairman which, according to it, has now overtaken by events, following the vote of confidence by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

“People may misinterpret it to mean calling the bluff of certain stakeholders but that is far from it because the party leadership examined the issues vis-a-vis the provisions of the party’s Constitution as amended in 2017″, spokesperson for the Campaign, Mr Charles Aniagwu, stated.“When you look at that Constitution, there are principal officers called the National Working Committee of the party led by the National Chairman and in the order of hierarchy, the Deputy National Chairman who must also come from same zone with the National Chairman is next in line.“The third in line is the National Secretary and, when you look at these positions, the National Chairman is from the North, the second in command is also from the North by virtue of the provision of the party’s Constitution.

“In Section 45 of the party’s Constitution, in the event of removal or resignation of the National Chairman, the National Deputy Chairman takes over and acts in the position of that National Chairman pending when the party is able to organise another election or do a NEC meeting to be able to take a decision as to how to rearrange the hierarchy of the party.”

Aniagwu, who featured on an Arise News programme, said because the positions were elective positions, even if Ayu were to step down for power to come to the South, the provisions of the Constitution of the party would also be offended”, the spokesperson said..“That can only happen if you can also take a decision to remove the Deputy National Chairman of the party who the lot immediately falls on by provisions of the law.

“Even if the party is able to solve that puzzle by bringing both National Chairman and Deputy to South, the third person in the hierarchy of the National Working Committee of the party is the National Secretary and that is in the South specifically Senator Samuel Anyanwu from Imo State.“Now if you decide to bring this two positions to the South, have you also made arrangements to take the National Secretary to the North?“Because of these legal impediments, the party examined it that, given the time that we have which is just about six months to the general elections, that it may likely snowball into some form of crisis that could trigger a whole lot of discomfort within the party if we proceed to begin to make these changes that there is the tendencies that the party may be embroiled in a crisis that would be worse than the one we are seeing at the moment.

“That greater crisis is what the ruling APC is waiting to happen but the leadership of the party is intelligent enough and am happy that Governor Nyesom Wike and other leaders appreciate the need for the party to move as a whole into the 2023 general elections

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