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PDP NEC: Tension As Group Demands Atiku To Drop 2027 Ambition, Suspend Wike

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Ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a group within the party called ‘loyalty group’ are insisting that NEC should prevail on the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to discard his presidential ambition ahead of 2027 to enable the party move ahead. Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the National Chairman of the “PDP100% Loyalty”, Mr. Dennis Shima (JP), in his demand has also called party caucus to slam suspension against the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike for anti party activities. 

The PDP loyalty group insisted that ambition of Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2027 and the inability of the party to suspend, Nyesom Wike even after publicly working for the APC in the last election are slowing down activities in the party. 

The group revealed their decision followed the unfortunate realities that are threatening the party in the face “as a result of political behaviours of some party stalwarts before, during and after 2023 general election.” 

They insisted that NEC should prevail on Atiku being a former Vice President of Nigeria (1999 to 2007), and the PDP Presidential Candidate in 2019 and 2023 to shelve any further contest on the PDP platform as Presidential candidate ahead of 2027, and also requesting Atiku Abubakar to support one of his many mentees across Nigeria to contest for PDP Presidential Tickets beginning from 2027.” 

They call on Atiku “accept this clarion call for him to be a statesman and kingmaker politically going forward. We are optimistic that, former Vice President of Nigeria, and two times PDP presidential candidate will be grateful to God and PDP, for the platform provided for him, to serve Nigerians.” 

More so, the group further call on the PDP National Executive Committee NEC to exercise its power and authority in line with provisions of PDP Constitution regarding; offenses and sanctions, to “Suspend” Nyesom Wike from participating in meetings or functions, of PDP at all levels at both home and abroad. 

Shima, the lead person said the call has become necessary because of Wike’s present role as Federal Minister and responsibilities in APC led Federal Government, “which is alien to the character and ethics of PDP and also violates, the Constitution of our great party. 

They insisted that Wike should be out of the party “until the day he officially leaves the Pay Roll of APC led Federal Government under President Bola Tinubu. After all, PDP receives returnees into its membership. 

According to them, “These decisions if taken by PDP NEC will uphold, rule of law, as a tenet, of democracy which PDP represents. This will also serve as deterrent to those who potentially thinks that, they can be made politically relevant today by PDP and later become more powerful than PDP laws and legitimate authorities in Nigeria. By so doing by PDP NEC, PDP Constitution will be upheld and discipline instilled, in the party.”