- Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party's resignation, will not come without some legal implication
- Emmanuel Agbo, the party's former national secretary, has warned that Ayu's resignation will result in his replacement by the deputy national chairman
- According to Agbo, the party's deputy national chairman who is expected to replace Ayu is from the northeast, Atiku Abubakar's region
A former Peoples Democratic Party's national secretary, Emmanuel Agbo, has said that there are legal consequences to the call for the resignation of the PDP's chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Speaking on Arise Television on Tuesday, October 4, Agbo warned that should the national chairman resign, his deputy who is from the northeast region of the country is bound by the party's constitution to replace him.
Agbo warning follows an attempt by the camp of the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, that has been calling for Ayu's resignation.
Wike and his camp members said that it is unjust for the party's presidential candidate and the party's chairman to be from the north.
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Provisions of the PDP's constitution
However, in his reaction, Agbo quoting 35 subsections 3 of the PDP warned the Wike's camp to be ready to accept the deputy national chairman of the party who is also from the north.
“35 subsections 3 of the PDP constitution says that in the event of willful resignation, incapacitation or death of any officer, say, now the national chairman as the case is, the deputy national chairman from the zone in which he comes, takes over.
“If Ayu resigns today, the person to assume his office is Umar from the North East. And Umar is not only from the North, but he’s from the North East where our presidential candidate comes from.
“They are calling for his (Ayu’s) resignation… There are constitutional impediments to this call.”
PDP crisis: Hope for opposition as former BoT chairman addresses issues between Wike, Atiku
The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party is resolvable, the party's BoT chairman, Walid Jibrin had said.
Jibrin also said that the opposition party is doing everything within its power to ensure that all members are united ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to the BoT chairman, the crisis rocking the party is a "family problem" and nothing more to be worried about.
Amid deepening crisis Atiku makes irresistible promise to Wike as both PDP big wigs meet in Abuja
Atiku Abubakar has asked Governor Nyesom Wike to sheathe his sword so that they can end the crisis between them.
The appeal was made by the 2023 presidential candidate of the opposition party to Wike on Thursday, September 30, during their meeting in Abuja.
Atiku in his appeal promised to stand as a strong supporter of Wike's presidential ambition in the 2027 polls.