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PDP infighting intensifies as 60 lawmakers demand chairman’s resignation

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In a dramatic escalation of internal party tensions, 60 members of the House of Representatives affiliated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the immediate resignation of acting National Chairman Umar Damagum. This move comes amid a bitter power struggle between Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Federal Capital Territory Minister Nyesom Wike, with Damagum caught in the crossfire.

The lawmakers’ demand is rooted in Damagum’s perceived inaction amidst the ongoing political turmoil in Rivers State, where loyalists of Wike and Fubara have been locked in a protracted feud. At the heart of the conflict lies the attempted impeachment of Fubara by Wike’s supporters, a move vehemently resisted by the governor.

Despite previous attempts to mediate the dispute, tensions have resurfaced, casting doubt on the efficacy of earlier agreements brokered by President Bola Tinubu. Last week, 27 pro-Wike lawmakers threatened to revive the impeachment proceedings against Fubara, prompting a swift response from the governor’s camp.

The 60 lawmakers, led by Imo State’s Ikenga Ugochinyere, accuse Damagum of aligning himself with Wike and covertly supporting the impeachment efforts against Fubara. They allege that Damagum’s actions undermine the party’s unity and integrity, calling for his immediate removal to restore stability.

Furthermore, the lawmakers assert that Damagum’s leadership has been marked by a series of questionable decisions, including his alleged collusion with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and manipulation of caretaker committee appointments in Rivers State and other regions.

The brewing crisis has laid bare deep divisions within the PDP, with key figures divided over Damagum’s tenure and the party’s future direction. As the party prepares for its 98th National Executive Committee meeting on April 18, the issue of leadership succession looms large, with conflicting interests at play.

While some governors advocate for Damagum’s confirmation to complete the term of suspended National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu, others argue for a new leadership from the North Central region. This internal rift reflects broader power struggles within the party, with implications for future electoral contests and strategic alliances.

As the PDP navigates this turbulent period, the fate of Damagum and the party’s leadership remains uncertain. With tensions mounting and rival factions jockeying for control, the coming weeks are poised to test the party’s resilience and unity in the face of mounting challenges.

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