Major stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are expressing worry over the delay in the composition of sub-committees and the release of a timetable and schedule of activities by the party’s national campaign council.
Recall that last week, the main opposition inaugurated its 600-member campaign council with Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel as chairman, while his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwual, was named Director General.
However, the composition of the sub-committees, as well as the timetable and schedule of campaign activities, is still being awaited despite the inauguration of the campaign council.
According to Vanguard, insiders revealed that the anxiety in the party resulted from the fact that despite its internal challenges, the party had taken the lead in preparation ahead of the 2023 election.
A member of the council, who spoke in confidence, said: “There is nothing to worry about. We’ve set the pace, others are still trying to play catch-up.
“We’ve met and are still meeting these details you are asking about will soon be made public. Even though we have moved on, we want to secure the commitment of our aggrieved members so we can move on.
“There is still time, but we can do with less of distractions like the one that the housing allowance for our NWC members is causing at the moment.”
Also drawing concerns in the PDP is the decision of some aggrieved governors to boycott the presidential campaign of Atiku Abubakar, demanding the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, for peace to return to the party.
The aggrieved governors are reportedly not cooperating fully with the campaign in terms of providing venues and logistics for campaigns in their domains.
The source said: “It would be naive to think the controversy generated by the return of housing allowances by some NWC members is not part of the game plan of our aggrieved members. We have to really tread carefully to avoid any more surprises.”
The PDP presidential campaign council inaugurated last week was divided into broad directorates, namely Administration, Finance, and Directorate of Legal Affairs.
Others are Directorates of Technology, Situation Room, Election Management, and Training.
Others include Operations- which was further divided into Directorate of Field Operations and Logistics, Strategic Communications, Security, and Support Groups.
Those demanding the resignation of Ayu include Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.
Others are Prof Jerry Gana, former governors Ayo Fayose, Jonah Jang, Donald Duke, and Olusegun Mimiko, as well as former deputy national chairman of the party, Olabode George.