Uprising at PDP HQ: Protesters Demand Immediate Resignation of NWC Members
Protesters converged on the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja on Monday, as members of the PDP National Back Up, expressing their dissatisfaction with the party’s performance in the 2023 elections, called for the immediate resignation of the National Working Committee (NWC), led by Acting National Chairman Umar Damagum.
Adorned in black and white attire emblazoned with the message “PDP National Working Committee NWC must resign,” the demonstrators voiced their grievances, contending that the party had suffered a significant decline.
Leader of the protest, Salau Olusola, accused the NWC of engaging in anti-party activities, squarely attributing the PDP’s defeat in the 2023 presidential election to their actions. Olusola specifically pointed to the NWC’s alleged failure to address anti-party activities within the camp of former Rivers State Governor and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.
Reading from a prepared statement, Olusola stated, “Wike and other members of the G-5 camp were involved in anti-party activities during the 2023 elections, yet the Damagum-led NWC refused to discipline them, resulting in the division of the party into factions, which we find unacceptable.”
Enumerating other factors contributing to their demand for resignation, he cited ongoing internal disputes, factionalism, and a lack of cohesion within the party, stating that these issues could prompt calls for new leadership.
Olusola emphasized that the NWC’s strategic decision-making had been inadequate, eroding members’ confidence in the leadership’s ability to navigate challenges and represent the party’s interests.
When questioned about their course of action if the NWC resisted resignation, Olusola disclosed, “We have instituted legal action, and they will be served tomorrow.”
A protester, Ami Gift, highlighted the NWC’s failure to reconcile aggrieved members, asserting that members had the right to demand change if they believed the leadership had faltered in strategic decision-making.
“The party is divided into factions, and the NWC has failed to address it. They are irresponsible, and we want them out now,” Gift declared.
In response to the unfolding events, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologuagba, declined to provide a comment.