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The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday laid down conditions for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, saying it must be done in accordance with the constitution, rules, regulations and party practice.
Atiku said, “We cannot do anything outside of our constitution unless it is amended. We can’t do anything until the laws are changed.
“Ayu has to go through our constitution, rules, regulations and practice otherwise we cannot give the kind of leadership that Nigerians want.
“It’s possible, it’s achievable, we’ve done it before and we’ve started doing it again.”
Atiku revealed this during the PDP Southwest Stakeholder Meeting held at the popular Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, University Teaching Hospital, UCH, Ibadan.
He was reacting to the region’s decision, which called for Ayu’s resignation at the meeting.
Atiku therefore urged PDP members not to let the issue stop them from working hard to win the next general election.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State earlier conveyed the region’s message to the party’s presidential candidate; that Ayu must step down to make way for justice and fairness.
He said there were issues of party structural deficiency to be addressed ahead of the 2023 election.
“If we want to unify Nigeria, we must first unify the PDP. If we want a government of national unity, this must be reflected in the PDP. If we want to restructure in Nigeria, we must first restructure PDP.
“Our Presidential Candidate is from the North East, our National President is from the Central North, Atiku Campaign General Manager, Aminu Tambuwa is from the North West, so the PDP National President should resign now for peace reign,” he insisted.
“We can’t do anything outside of our constitution unless it’s changed, we can’t do anything unless the laws are changed. Ayu has to go through our constitution, rules, regulations and practice otherwise we cannot give the kind of leadership that Nigerians want. It’s possible, it’s achievable, we’ve done it before and we’ve started doing it again,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the National Chairman, PDP National Vice Chairman, North Umar Damagum urged members to commit and work assiduously for the victory of the party in the upcoming elections.
He noted that the choice of venue for the meeting was deliberate as Ibadan was the capital of politics in the South West and Nigeria in general.
In his remarks, PDP Governors Forum Chairman Aminu Tambuwal said the meeting was a sign of good things to come and that Southwest would return to the PDP in 2023.
In the entourage of the party’s presidential candidate were Bauchi State Governor Alhaji Bala Mohammed; the Governor-elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke; gubernatorial candidates from the PDP; former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko; the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja and a host of others.