- PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has urged members of Governor Wike's camp to have a rethink and rejoin his campaign council
- Atiku told the aggrieved PDP chieftains that the decision for Iyorchia Ayu to resign can only be made by the party's national chairman himself
- The former vice president added that even if Ayu has to be removed, it must be done in line with the PDP's constitution
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FCT, Abuja - Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, has again listed conditions that must be met to warrant the resignation of the party's national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Atiku was reacting to the decision of Governor Nyesom Wike’s camp to pull out of his campaign council on Wednesday, September 21.
Members of the Wike camp insisted that Ayu must resign for them to rescind their decision.
Resignation is Ayu's decision to make - Atiku
Reacting to Governor Wike camp's request, Atiku said resigning was a sole decision for Ayu to take, adding that no one can force the PDP chairman to resign, The Punch reported.
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Nevertheless, the former vice president added that if Ayu will be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the law and the party’s constitution.
“On the calls for the resignation or removal from office of our national chairman, however, I must reiterate what I have said severally in public and in private; the decision for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office is personal to Dr. Ayu and, neither I nor anyone else can make that decision for him."
The PDP presidential candidate added:
“As to the calls for the removal of Dr. Ayu from office, however, I will state that, as a committed democrat and firm believer in the rule of law and democratic tenets, and our party being one set up, organized and regulated by law and our constitution, it is my absolute belief that every thing that we do in our party must be done in accordance with, and conformity to, the law and our constitution.
“If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the laws that set out the basis for such removal. In any event, you will all recall that the very body that is empowered by law to initiate this removal from office, has already passed a vote of confidence in him."
Have a rethink - Atiku tells Wike's camp
Atiku who said he is committed to rebuilding Nigeria if elected in 2023 urged members of the Wike's camp who have resolved to withdraw from his campaign council "to have a rethink, retrace their steps, and join us in these efforts."
“Accordingly, we must forge on with the task and the mandate that we have been bestowed with. It is time, therefore, to move on with the formidable tasks of nation building ahead of us," the PDP presidential candidate said.