From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa


Fresh facts have revealed how the People Democratic Party, PDP, National Assembly caucus during National Executive Council meeting, tabled a strategic decision that saved the day by resolving to allow the party’s acting national chairman, Alhaji Umar Damagun, to remain in office until the national convention in August 2024.


That singular action was a victory for the party, as it denied the different camps who were poised to either remove the chairman from office or confirm him as a substantive chairman for a tenure, the opportunity to do so.


According to an insider who was aware of developments in the party being the first National Executive Council meeting, after the elections, all parties were advised to sheath their swords and allow for wider consultations and respect for the party’s constitution.


“Each camp was prevailed on to downplay their anger, and this being our first meeting after the general elections of 2023, we should neither discuss the removal of the acting chairman nor replacement with a new chairman.


“Rather we should address internal issues that should strengthen the party on discipline and reconciliations. And by next NEC meeting we should address the issue of the chairmanship. And at that meeting we would apply the party’s constitution, which states that the next national chairman should come from North Central, ‘’ the source said.

It was gathered the time for consultation on who to become the next chairman was necessary so that the party will not be stampeded into making a choice of who should be our national chairman without the input of all major stakeholders.


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“That was the position canvased by the leadership of NASS PDP Caucus. And it was taken. It is not about the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Chief Nyesom Wike, as being wrongly carried by some people.


“It was actually a position championed by the National Assembly Caucus led by the Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Senator Seriake Dickson. They took that decision that saved the day.


“Senator Dickson raised the issue which was carried and we set up a team and Dickson spoke on our behalf. It was a strategic decision, as we all agreed that the Alhaji Damagun will go by August, after he had concluded the congresses, the source said.


He pointed out it was insulting to imagine that it was a Wike’s victory over Atiku, adding that the former Vice President and the presidential candidate for 2023 elections was there at the meeting and sat quietly.


“So it was a no victor or vanquished situation, because if Wike’s camp had their way, Damagun could have been confirmed; just as those who went there with a mind of having a new chairman also failed in their mission”.



“The Chairmanship has been zoned to the North-Central but that will not be enough qualification. We need someone who has capacity to re-build the party,” said the insider who attended the meeting.