- The calls for Iyorchia Ayu's removal as the PDP national chairman gain a boost on Sunday when some youths join the call in Katsina state
- The protesting youths under the aegis of a coalition of northern Nigeria PDP youth movement said Ayu should honor his words that he would resign if a north presidential candidate emerged
- However, the state chapter of the PDP said that the protesting youths are not members of the Katsina chapter of the party
Katsina City Gate, Katsina - The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new shape as the Coalition of Northern Nigerian PDP Youth Movement staged a protest in Katsina City Gate, demanding the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
But the leadership of the PDP in Katsina state dissociated itself from the protest, saying that the protesters were not party members and that the party would not support any unconstitutional move, This Day reported.
Why are youths protesting for Ayu's removal in northern state?
The youths, on Sunday, September 25, carry different placards with inscriptions such as:
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‘Ayu Must Resign,’ ‘PDP Is Not a Private Company’, ‘Fulfil Your Promise’, Northern Youths: We are for justice and fairness, insisting Ayu must be removed from office before the 2023 polls.
The protesters' leader, Shehu Isa-Dan’Inna, told journalists that the PDP national chairman should fulfill his promise that he would resign if a northern presidential candidate emerged.
“We are calling on the national chairman to fulfil his promise. Ayu said immediately after the convention, when a northern Nigerian emerged as the PDP flag bearer he was going to step down.”
Are PDP leaders supporting calls for Ayu's removal?
On his side, the Katsina PDP chairman, Salisu Majigiri, said Ayu could not be removed without giving recourse to the party's constitutional provision.
“They are not PDP members. We don’t know them. May be they are sent from somewhere to come and bring issue that are not for Katsina State.
"They are not here at the PDP headquarters, they are not at the local government level,” he said.
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