Akin Akande, Abuja
The imminent sack of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is likely to cost over 60 private aides of members of the committee their jobs.
The 12 national leaders have more than five aides each, while the National Chairman has more than 10 aides excluding the drivers and others.
Following the purported directive from The Presidency, members of the NWC have deserted the secretariat, it was only the staff who kept the secretariat alive on Tuesday and were discussing the development with hush tones.
The Presidency had on Monday demanded an immediate resignation of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) members.
Competent sources at the Presidential Villa disclosed that the decision was taken to “save the party the party from imminent collapse.”
Our correspondent reported that staff of the party’s National Secretariat were on Tuesday seen jubilating over The Presidency’s directive from the Presidency that the members of NWC should resign.
It was observed that since the development the NWC members have deserted the national secretariat, as virtually everything including power supply were cut off.
It was gathered that the leadership of the party is owing the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) unpaid bills running into several millions and the party is also owing the man that supplies diesel to the party’s generator to tune of N10. 8 million.
Our correspondent gathered that the Secretariat has been spending N1.8 million per month on diesel and that the supplier is being owed payments for eleven months.
Meanwhile, the succession politics of the national chairman is more dicey, as it was gathered that once Bamanga Tukur submits his resignation, it would be very difficult to get the position back as many PDP stalwarts, especially from the north have already positioned themselves for the exalted seat of the party.
The chances of Tukur coming back after his resignation, it was also gathered at the party secretariat would depend on is if he gets the backing of President Goodluck Jonathan.
However, many analysts were unsure if the President would back Tukur to return to the position as it was his endorsement of the Pius Anyim Pius committee recommendation that sealed the fate of the outgoing chairman and others.
The Presidential directive was said to have been conveyed to the National Chairman, Dr. Tukur at a meeting at the Legacy House attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim and four governors of the party’s extraction.
According to the sources, “the Presidency directed that the entire NWC resigns and that the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting be convened immediately.
“The action of the Presidency directive was as a result of a seemingly rudderless leadership headed by Dr. Tukur which has been taking unilateral actions including the suspension of its top members.
“The Presidency is unhappy with the inability of Tukur to contain growing level of indiscipline and discontent among members of the party”.