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“Osita Chidoka Warns PDP NEC Meeting Decisions Could Endanger Party’s Future”

 

Chief Osita Chidoka

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has cautioned that poor decisions made at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting could significantly impact the party’s future.

Scheduled for today (Thursday), the PDP NEC meeting will address key issues, including whether current acting National Chairman Umar Damagum should remain in his position or be replaced. Damagum assumed the acting role in March 2023 after a Benue State court indefinitely suspended former chairman Iyorchia Ayu.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Chidoka warned PDP governors and the National Assembly Caucus against undermining the party’s constitution, stating it could lead to “disaster that could sink the ship of the party.”

Some party stakeholders believe a member from the North Central region must be elected to complete Ayu’s tenure as per the party’s constitution, while others support Damagum as the next permanent chairman.

Chidoka emphasized, “If the NEC meeting fails to uphold the constitution and respect for party rules, I and other progressive members will not hesitate to lead the pallbearers to the funeral of the party as we know it. The party must prioritize good governance and principled opposition.”

He urged the party to steer clear of potential pitfalls to avoid dire consequences, stressing the urgent need to preserve the soul of the party that helped establish and stabilize democracy in Nigeria.

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