Tension in PDP as 60 Federal Lawmakers Set to Dump Party, Give Reason

Tension in PDP as 60 Federal Lawmakers Set to Dump Party, Give Reason

  • Some PDP federal lawmakers have expressed their readiness to dump the party should the acting national chairman, Umar Damagum, not resign
  • The PDP House of Reps members said Damagum has handed over the structure of the party to the ruling APC and demanded his resignation with immediate effect
  • According to the lawmakers, the chairman of the PDP should come from the north-central as stipulated in the constitution of the party

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FCT, Abuja - No less than 60 House of Representatives members under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have disclosed their plan to dump the party if Umar Damagum, the acting chairman, does not resign immediately.

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Federal lawmakers are, among other things, demanding that the Damagum be immediately replaced by another person from north central, which is in accordance with the party's constitution.

60 PDP lawmakers set to dump party over Damagum's alleged anti-party's activities
60 PDP lawmakers threatened to dump the party Photo Credit: Seyi Makinde
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PDP acting chairman accused of anti-party activities

The lawmakers alleged that the acting national chairman had handed over the party's structure to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Premium Times reported.

Speaking to journalists, Ugochinyere Ikenga, alongside four other reps members at the national assembly, disclosed the stands of the 60 PDP lawmakers on Monday, April 8.

He alleged that Damagum has been engaging in anti-party activities and that he has sold the opposition party “for a plate of porridge.”

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They maintained that the acting national chairman should leave the party before he destroy it completely.

They then threatened to leave the party if their demands were unmet, and they planned to join other political parties.

The PDP was the ruling party for 16 years but lost the position to the opposition APC in the 2015 presidential election, where the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan, was defeated by the then-candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari.

PDP chieftain reacts

In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, Rilwan Olanrewaju, a PDP chieftain, maintained that the PDP needs reform and that sacrifices must be made to maintain a united front ahead of 2027.

He said:

"What PDP needs right now is a strong House and a solution to all the pending, long-existing crises across 36 states. Damagum can resign if his stay is dividing the house."

PDP raises alarm as nine died in APC Senator's house

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Legit.ng earlier reported that the PDP has called on all relevant security agencies to investigate the death of nine persons at the house of Senator Aliyu Wamakko from Sokoto state.

Wamakko, a former governor of Sokoto state, was said to have had a stampede at his house while sharing a Ramadan package with the people.

During the stampede at the senator's house, no less than nine persons died, including an office of the NSCDC.

Source: Legit.ng

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