- By the PDP's constitution, it is possible for Iyorchia Ayu, the embattled national chairman, to resign
- However, a legal adviser of the PDP explained on Thursday, September 22, that this is not feasible because of preparations for electoral campaigns
- The explanation is a reaction to calls for a mini-convention where Ayu's replacement will be elected
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to internal calls for the resignation of its national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Those making the call are also asking the PDP's leadership to hold a mini-convention where a replacement for Ayu will be elected.
Speaking on the issue, PDP's national legal adviser, Kamaldeen Ajibade (SAN), noted that the resignation of Ayu is possible, but not feasible due to preparation for the 2023 elections.
Ajibade said even if Ayu resigns, his replacement will be the vice national chairman (Umar Damagum), going by article 47/ 6 of the PDP's constitution.
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He explained that if Ayu's deputy replaces him, the present situation will be worse.
‘’Nobody says it’s not achievable, but at least you know it’s constitutional. You know that going by our constitution, going by article 47/ 6, if Ayu steps down, somebody from his zone is coming to step in and that person has to be the national vice chairman, north and it will even be worse if the national vice chairman were to step in as the deputy national vice chairman, north is from the same zone with the candidate himself."
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Recall that Ayu had urged Wike and his allies to return to the party's presidential campaign council in the interest of peace.
Ayu spoke through his Special Assistant (Media), Simon Imobo-Tswam, after the Wike camp pulled out of the campaign over Ayu's failure to resign.
The Wike camp insisted that the position of the national chairman must come to the south for balance, justice, and equity since the north has secured the party's presidential ticket.