Call for dismissal Ayu shameful, Osun PDP kicks

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State has distanced itself from Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde’s call for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to step down as the national chairman of the PDP because we disagree with the statement of the governor.

In a statement issued in Osogbo late Thursday and signed by the party’s secretary of state, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, the party noted that there was no meeting where the Southwest agreed to call for the removal of Ayu, noting that “the call is not a mainstream party position in the region.

The PUNCH reported that at a stakeholder meeting in the southwest with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Ibadan on Wednesday, Makinde called for Ayu’s resignation, saying it was necessary if the party was to move forward.

The statement read: “The PDP leadership in Osun state wants to confirm that we are not part of an uprising against the national leadership of the PDP. We remain guided and loyal to the PDP constitution that defines the processes for the election and removal of leaders. As a party with a democratic tradition, we see no justification for any anti-democratic agitation to torpedo the party’s ship at this very critical stage of national campaigning and election preparation.

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“Dr. Ayu, who was duly elected at a well-composed National Convention with a four-year mandate, also has the confidence of the party’s National Executive Committee, the party’s highest decision-making body. Our party chairman is a principled leader whose integrity is second to none. We therefore do not agree with every step to undermine the office of the national president.”

However, at the Ibadan meeting, while responding to Makinde’s appeal, Atiku said that Ayu’s resignation was feasible as long as it followed the party’s constitution.

Praise Atiku for his position, the Osun chapter of the PDP said: “We commend PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for his steadfastness and dedication to upholding the party’s constitution. His response in support of the party’s constitution reassured everyone that the PDP is a party of the law and due process.”

“We also use this medium, on behalf of our teeming members, to apologize to members of the PDP National Working Committee and other leaders for the embarrassment the call for resignation may have caused them. It was a solemn occasion where party loyalists gathered to receive our national leaders and demonstrate our readiness for the task ahead. It was not an avenue for factional rhetoric.

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“As we reaffirm our passion to mobilize for the PDP’s victory in the upcoming general election, we reiterate our determination to embrace all that is constitutional, unifying and contributing to the success of the party and its leadership. We are all the time considered agents of electoral success with no tolerance for alienating antics,” the statement concluded.

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