The National Working Council of the People’s Democratic Party and Imo state stakeholders have decided that the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Ifani Okwa will wade into the state’s crisis.
The decision came at a meeting convened by the NWC to address a growing crisis in the party’s state chapters, including repositioning to better conduct elections ahead of the state’s next election season.
The newly formed state-level presidential campaign committee promoted some of the party’s ringleaders to state job boards on charges of exclusion.
On Tuesday, Simon Imobo-Tswam, special assistant to the PDP national media and communications chairman, issued a statement saying Atiku would meet with party stakeholders in the state, including former governor Emeka Ihedioha and the party’s national secretary Samuel Anyanwu, to soften the grounds for mediation.
Imobo-Tswam added that Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairperson, revealed this after the meeting, regretting the Supreme Court’s decision to lose Imo to APC and stating that restoring Imo for the PDP is a priority for the party’s incumbent lead.
Ayu said: “Unity is important. Only with unity can we regain or restore the Imo. The path to recovery is to win the presidential election next February. Once we win the presidency next year, you will need less work to win the governor Position.
“In Ekiti we were divided and we lost. Disunity led to our failure. We succeeded in Osun because we were united. The same is true in Imo. If we refuse to unite, we will face Ekiti The collapse of Osun. But if we unite now, the experience of Osun is waiting for us.”
“NWC will give Imo closer attention after the February elections. Now, focus on winning the presidency. Don’t waste energy on trivial or distant things. Together we are stronger.”