- Atiku Abubakar's emergence as the flagbearer of the opposition PDP in 2023, has been greeted with a lot of criticism in the polity
- According to a PDP chieftain, the national chairman of the party should resign as soon as possible because the agitation for a southern presidency has been dashed with Atiku as the party's presidential candidate
- Meanwhile, the elder statesman and leader of the Niger Delta, Chief Edwin Clark, earlier called on Ayu, to resign now, saying he’s no longer fit to lead the opposition party
On Monday, June 6, the immediate past deputy national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Diran Odeyemi, asked the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to immediately resign, otherwise, the chances of the party winning the forthcoming presidential election could be jeopardised.
Odeyemi made this demand in a statement he personally signed, stressing that over one week after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged as PDP’s presidential candidate, Ayu has no moral right to retain his position as chairman, The Guardian reports.
“Ayu, as a matter of urgency and if indeed he wants PDP to win the presidential election, should resign and give opportunity for the emergence of a southern chairman as a way of maintaining national balance and a sense of belonging by all.”
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He noted that PDP in southern Nigeria is already feeling uneasy with Ayu, a northerner, as chairman and Atiku Abubakar, another northerner, as a presidential candidate both at the helms of PDP affairs, This Day report added.
The campaign in 2023 by PDP is shaky, Odeyemi claimed
The party stalwart noted that:
“It will be difficult for PDP members to campaign in the south, especially with the northern political conspiracy openly displayed at our convention. He must go.”
He said many members of the party in the north have started canvassing that Ayu retains his seat as chairman until after the 2023 presidential election. This, he said, “will be too dangerous, and a hindrance to PDP winning the 2023 election.”
“We don’t know what to tell our people in the south again about the combination of northerners, Atiku Abubakar and Iyorchia Ayu, that can convince them to support and cast their votes for us.
“I am sure Ayu himself knows, and why he appears not to have resigned still baffles us. It is now a matter of urgency that we should tell our national chairman to quit before his hold on power begins to affect the fortune of our party.”
2023: PDP chairman finally addresses issue of zoning party's presidential ticket
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, on Thursday, March 24, affirmed that the opposition party will not abandon its tradition of zoning political officers ahead of the 2023 general election.
Speaking while inaugurating the 37-person zoning committee of the party at its national secretariat in Abuja, Ayu said whoever does not get the party's presidency can wait until the end of the tenure of the next president.
It was reported that Ayu while speaking to the delegates noted that the PDP has a history of rotating its offices.
APC delegates fume, demand Abdullahi Adamu’s resignation
In another development, some delegates have demanded the immediate resignation of All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
According to the report, the demand for Adamu's resignation was triggered by the national chairman's announcement of Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the “consensus candidate” ahead of the APC ahead of the party's presidential primary on Tuesday, June 7.
Reacting, many said Adamu’s antics showed that he is working overzealously for a small cabal including some influential figures at the presidency.