PDP North Central Caucus Initiates Consultations for New National Chairman

The North Central caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has embarked on consultations among party leaders to select a new national chairman from the zone to complete the unfinished tenure of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.

This move comes in response to the recent announcement of dates for the party’s national caucus and national executive committee meetings scheduled for April 17 and 18, 2024.

Sources reveal that consultations among party leaders from the North Central zone are already at an advanced stage, indicating a proactive approach towards filling the vacant position.

Among the names being considered for the role are former Senate President Bukola Saraki from Kwara State and Senator Gabriel Suswam from Ayu’s native Benue State. These potential candidates represent a wealth of experience and leadership within the party.

Party leaders from the North Central zone convened in Abuja last week to strategize and present a united front in the selection process. The discussions emphasized the importance of maintaining cohesion to avoid discord within the party ranks.

As a result of these deliberations, it was unanimously agreed that the North Central should assume the remainder of Ayu’s term, with Ambassador Illiya Damagum, currently serving as Deputy National Chairman, reverting to his original position.

To further solidify this decision, Plateau State Governor Caleb Muftwang is expected to convene a meeting of the zonal caucus to finalize strategies for implementing this transition.

A source close to the discussions emphasized the necessity of adhering to the party’s zoning arrangement, ensuring that Ayu’s replacement hails from the North Central zone, as stipulated in the party’s constitution.

Dr. Iyorchia Ayu’s tenure as chairman was marked by various challenges, culminating in his departure amid internal power struggles within the party. Ambassador Illiya Damagum has since assumed the role of acting chairman, demonstrating commendable leadership in the interim period.

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