The National Working Committee (NWC) of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from their meeting on Thursday under the leadership of acting Chairman Ambassador Umar Damagum. It reversed the suspension of some party leaders.
Former Governors Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State) and Ayodele Fayose were among those whose suspensions were lifted, according to Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the party’s National Publicity Secretary (Ekiti State).
Former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State), Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State), and Dr. Aslam Aliyu are among the others (Zamfara State).
The NWC also overturned Dr. Iyorchia Ayu’s referral of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.
The move came after an extensive discussion about recent developments in the party, according to the party’s National Publicity Secretary, and the “NWC recognized the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among Party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.”
Ologunagba stated that the Damagum leadership’s decision is “without prejudice to the NWC’s ability to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the Party by the PDP Constitution” (as amended in 2017).
“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our Party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our Party at this critical time.
“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our Party and Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.”