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G-60 PDP lawmakers: We are not backing anyone as National Chairman


G-60 PDP lawmakers: We are not backing anyone as National Chairman

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Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators in the House of Representatives opposed to Umar Damagun remaining as National Chairman of the party has commended the former National Chairman, Senator Iyorcha Ayu for the decision to withdraw his suit against for genuine reconciliation.

The group also said it was not supporting any of the candidates jostling for the exalted position, saying several qualified members of the party have indicated interest.

The lawmakers demanded resignation of Damagun as Acting National Chairman, threatening to dump the party if he does not listen to them.

Their spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere (PDP, Imo), told a select group of journalists in his office on Thursday they resolved at their meeting not to support any of the candidates.

H said even though the issue of who should succeed Ayu came up in their pre-NEC meeting, they resolved not to get involved in who succeeds Ayu because of the calibre of persons that have shown interests in the position from the North Central zone.

According to him: “We the G-60 lawmakers had an online meeting on Tuesday. The issue of supporting a candidate came up, but we advised ourselves that we should remain on the path of advocacy for the right thing to be done because we enjoy cross-sectional alliance.

“We believe that narrowing it down to any candidate will divide us because we have interested persons from Kogi State like the former Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Salawu, and former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam.

“There are persons from Kwara begging Bukola Saraki to run. There are many others but we don’t want to get involved. Anything decided at NEC, they will have our support.”

Commending Ayu for withdrawing his suit, he said “We the opposition G-60 lawmakers received the news with so much excitement and this has also brought to rest the argument of why we should not have Damagum as the PDP acting chairman tomorrow (Thursday).

“With this position, Damagun would revert to his position as the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party and the party would move ahead to appoint an Acting national chairman of our great party. This is in line with article 47 (c) of the PDP constitution which mandates the NEC to choose an acting or permanent replacement from the zone or area where the former occupant originates from.

“An attempt by persons hobnobbing with the ruling All Progressives Congress to stop the former chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, and the former Rivers state Governor, Celestine Omehia, and other leaders of the party from attending the NEC on Thursday.

“We appreciate the Court of Appeal for ending the madness to stop rightful members of the party from attending the NEC which is a childish desperation by people who feel the decision of the judiciary can be used in advancing their political abracadabra’.

(The Nation)