By Aaron Ossai
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday took a new dimension as a group operating under the aegis of Forum of PDP Candidates and Aspirants has asked the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, Deputy National Chairman, North, Umar Damagum and Senator Samuel Anyanwu to resign or face litigation.
Members of the group who met at Fraser Hotel, Abuja alleging corruption also passed a vote of no confidence on the three officers and also petitioned the National Executive Committee, NEC of the party on their resolution.
They threatened that the trio should resign within 48 hours or face the launch of a legal offensive that will forcefully exit them from office.
The well attended meeting also alleged that the leadership of the Party extorted several aspirants during the Congresses, Primaries and National Convention of the Party and even after primaries swapped the names of candidates with the names of persons who did not win.
They pointed out that these underhand actions of the leadership of the Party are largely responsible for the nullification by the courts of the Governorship primaries in Zamfara State and all primaries held in Ogun State, while noting that many more are still pending in Court.
Hon. Chris Ogbu candidate for Ideato South House of Representatives who presided over the session as the Forum Coordinator and House of Assembly Candidate also read the communiqué flanked by Hon. Dauda Yusuf the Forum Secretary and Former Governor Aspirant as well as several other members.
He demanded that Ayu, Anyanwu and Damagum step down immediately or be sacked by the party within 48hrs or face legal action to force them from office which will commence on Wednesday.
The candidates/aspirants said that by Ayu sharing money paid as nomination form instead of utilizing it for the prosecution of the historic 2023 election of the party was very provocative and indicting on the image of the party regretting that voters now see them as a come and chop or share the money party and that removing Ayu and his gang of party treasury looters will go a long way in showing that PDP is now a party that is intolerant of corruption.
The group has already sent a strong worded petition to the party’s National Executive Council, NEC and demanded the following which include the immediate resignation of the trio, the appointment of the highest officer as Acting National Chairman before the allegation can be investigated as Ayu, Anyanwu and Damagum cannot be judges in their own case, notice to commence legal action in 48hrs if steps are not taken to address the issues.