PDP to Review Anti-Party Activities, Wike Faces Possible Sanctions

The PDP is set to hold a crucial NEC meeting, where the party's leadership and alleged anti-party activities by prominent members, including Governor Wike, will be addressed. The meeting is expected to have significant implications for the party's unity and future.

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PDP to Review Anti-Party Activities, Wike Faces Possible Sanctions

PDP to Review Anti-Party Activities, Wike Faces Possible Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to hold a vital National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, April 18, 2024, where the party's National Working Committee (NWC) is expected to submit a report on alleged anti-party activities by notable party leaders during the 2023 elections. Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is among those facing potential sanctions for actions deemed detrimental to the party's interests.

The NWC has cautioned non-NEC members to stay away from the meeting venue, with only constitutionally accredited members allowed to attend. The party's Caucus, consisting of senior party leaders, will meet on Wednesday to set the agenda for the NEC meeting, which is expected to focus on reviewing the 2023 elections and setting up a disciplinary panel to address reports of anti-party activities.

Former Vice President and 2023 presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has returned to Nigeria ahead of the NEC meeting. In the capacity of the de facto leader of the party, Atiku is expected to spearhead discussions during the gathering. The NWC, led by Ambassador Illiya Damagum, was pressured into fixing the NEC meeting after refusing to hold it for over a year.

Agitations have mounted over the party's poor management, with allegations that it is being controlled by external forces. The North Central zone has called for Damagum to relinquish his position as acting national chairman and allow for the emergence of a substantive national chairman from the region.

The NEC meeting may also decide on actions to take against party leaders who have undermined the party, including some governors and party chieftains who openly worked against Atiku as the PDP's presidential candidate in 2023. These governors recently reiterated their support for President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kola Ologbodiyan, a party spokesperson, has stated that it would be "childish" to reduce the NEC meeting to just the leadership of the party, suggesting that the gathering will address more than just the party's leadership and will be a comprehensive meeting to discuss important matters.

In the lead-up to the NEC meeting, power blocs within the party are strategizing to take advantage of the planned restructuring. Some members are trying to sway others to pass a vote of confidence on Damagum, while others are attempting to mobilize support for former Benue State Governor Gabreil Suswam to replace Damagum as the party's chairman.

The PDP NWC's decision to submit an anti-party report to the NEC regarding Wike's actions comes after a series of disagreements and conflicts between the governor and the party's leadership. The report will detail Wike's actions that are considered harmful to the party's interests, and the NEC will deliberate on the appropriate sanctions to be imposed on the governor.

Key Takeaways

  • PDP to hold crucial NEC meeting on April 18, 2024, to address anti-party activities.
  • Wike faces potential sanctions for actions deemed detrimental to party's interests.
  • Atiku, de facto party leader, expected to lead discussions at the NEC meeting.
  • NEC may decide actions against party leaders who undermined Atiku's 2023 candidacy.
  • NEC meeting a defining moment for PDP's unity, leadership, and future prospects.