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As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares for its highly anticipated National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting today, tensions run high amid uncertainty over the party’s direction and leadership.

The gathering is overshadowed by a power struggle among key stakeholders vying to influence the party’s trajectory ahead of the 2027 general elections.


Unlike previous contests primarily between former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, the dynamics have shifted.

State governors, particularly those in their second terms, have emerged as a formidable bloc seeking to assert control.

Among the influential governors are those from Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, and Edo states, with some already serving their second term.

Their collective agenda appears focused on shaping the party’s future and positioning themselves for political dominance.

However, internal divisions and conflicting interests within the governor’s forum have hindered cohesive action, impeding their efforts to present a unified front.

Meanwhile, the ongoing feud between Atiku and Wike persists, with both camps maneuvering to consolidate power within the party.

Atiku’s loyalists advocate for key positions within the National Working Committee (NWC) to bolster his influence, while Wike maintains control over the current leadership, viewed as loyalists.

The recent vote of confidence passed by the NWC on the acting chairman, Umar Damagum, underscores the tug-of-war within the party.

Atiku’s camp pushes for a new chairman to spearhead party reorganization, while Wike’s faction seeks to maintain the status quo.

The North Central Caucus, in a bid to assert its influence, insists on producing the next national chairman, citing constitutional provisions. The region’s determination to uphold party rules challenges attempts to prolong Damagum’s tenure.

Former chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu’s withdrawal of his appeal suit against the party clears the path for decisive action on the chairmanship position. Stakeholders in the North Central now rally behind Gabriel Suswam as Ayu’s potential successor.

Amidst these internal power struggles, the PDP’s NEC meeting holds significant implications for the party’s cohesion and electoral prospects.

The outcome will shape its trajectory and determine its ability to present a united front ahead of the upcoming elections.

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