The camp of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is requesting that Iyorchia Ayu, the head of the national party, quit immediately as a precondition for peace.
Atiku Abubakar, a presidential candidate, has already made overtures to the resentful governor.
The president-elect requested that the chairman stay on until he has finished running his campaign for the election of next year, at which point he will resign.
Party leaders are pleading with Wike to back Atiku and embrace reconciliation in order to end the turmoil.
Bukola Saraki, a former Senate president, is leading some party officials in urging Wike to back the presidential candidate in order to avoid losing the pivotal states.
However, Wike and his advisors have persisted in their demand that Ayu resign.
They insisted that Atiku should keep his promise that a Southerner would lead the party once the PDP’s presidential candidate emerged from the North.
The team of Atiku, however, asserted that Ayu may only resign after the election.
According to sources, PDP leaders are concerned that if their party loses key states like Rivers, Lagos, and Kano, the 2023 election may not be theirs to win.
Saraki, a few former governors, former ministers, and other leaders are reportedly advocating for Atiku.