Atiku Finally Gives Condition for Ayu’s Resignation as PDP Chairman
- Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said demand for Iyorchia Ayu's resignation as PDP national chairman is achievable
- The PDP presidential candidate, however, said the resignation must follow the party's constitution, rules, regulations and practice
- Atiku also hinted that the PDP constitution may have to be amended before Ayu can resign ahead of the 2023 elections
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Ibadan, Oyo state - Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, has given conditions for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu.
The former vice president said the demand for Ayu's resignation must be done in accordance with the party’s constitution, rules, regulations and practice, Vanguard reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Atiku said this at the PDP southwest stakeholders meeting held at the Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University Teaching Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, on Wednesday, September 14.
He was reacting to the decision of the region led by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, which called for the resignation of Ayu at the meeting.
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“We cannot do anything outside our constitution except if it is amended. We cannot do anything unless the laws are amended.
“Ayu must go through our constitution, rules, regulations, and our practice, otherwise we cannot give the kind of leadership Nigerians want.
“It is possible, it is achievable, we have done it before and we have started doing it again.”
Atiku, therefore, urged PDP members not to allow the issue to derail them from working hard to win the next general elections.
Ayu's resignation: What Governor Makinde said
Governor Makinde had earlier conveyed the message of the region to Atiku that Ayu must resign to give room for fairness and equity.
He said there were issues on the structural deficiency in the party to be addressed before the 2023 election.
“If we want to unify Nigeria, we must unify PDP first. If we want government of national unity, it must reflect in PDP. If we want to restructure in Nigeria, we must restructure PDP first," Governor Makinde said.
The Oyo state governor added:
“Our presidential candidate is from Northeast, our National Chairman is from North Central, the Director General of Atiku campaign, Aminu Tambuwa is from the Northwest, so the PDP National Chairman should step down now for peace to reign.”
Wike: Atiku's position on call for Ayu's resignation
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a PDP chieftain, Katch Ononuju, said Atiku wanted Ayu to resign so that he can have a peaceful party to win the 2023 presidential election.
Ononuju, however, said "there are hogs in the party who are telling" Ayu not to resign.
“From my own insider information, the candidate wants Mr Ayu to resign but there are hogs in the party who are telling them, ‘Ayu, don’t resign’. I don’t know why. The candidate wants Mr Ayu to leave so that he could have a peaceful party to go to the election," he said.