Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti state, on Friday insisted that he had every reason to demand for the resignation of Adamu Mu’azu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.
There had been constant calls for the resignation of Mu’azu and other members of the National Working Committee of the party since the PDP was defeated at the 2015 general elections.
However, President Goodluck Jonathan has recently asked the members of the party to stop their ongoing verbal attacks at each other and focus on strengthening the PDP ahead of 2019 elections.
Despite pleas from Jonathan, Fayose has called on Mu’azu to follow the example of Ed Miliband, British Labour Party leader, and Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats leader. Both politicians announced about their resignation after their parties’ woeful performance in the last Thursday general election in the UK.
Fayose made the call in a press release issued by Lere Olayinka, the governor’s special assistant on Public Communications and New Media, PM News reports.
“It is morally wrong for the National Chairman to remain in office after leading the party into its first national electoral loss.”
“Alhaji Mu’azu should be honourable enough to follow the same path as the British LP and Democrats leaders.
“Mu’azu’s case is even worse than that of the British party leaders, who resigned immediately their party lost because majority of PDP members no longer have confidence in his leadership and there is no way a willing leader can be forced on an unwilling followers.
“This is not about personality and I am also not operating here on empty boast because Ekiti state was delivered to the PDP 100 percent. Rather, it is about issues. Imagine the PDP not getting up to five percent of the votes in Bauchi state, the National Chairman’s home state and someone is still not being honourable enough to resign.
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“Haven’t we now seen what operates in saner climes with the resignation of the British LP and Democrat leaders? Shouldn’t our party National Chairman also take a cue from this and allow for fresh minds to steer the ship of the party at this difficult time?
“Methinks leaders in this country should learn from their counterparts in other climes because like I said earlier, when a war commander leads his troop to an embarrassing defeat, such commander does not need anyone to tell him that he needs to leave the war front for another commander to take over,” the statement read.
Meanwile, there are allegations that the PDP governors have concluded plans to dump the party over the refusal of Mu’azu to resign.
The National Chairman, in his turn, several times stated that he was not going to leave his position and called on the PDP to stop using and dumping its members.