A grassroots mobilization group, Ekiti/Ondo Atiku Movement, has deplored the call by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for People’s Democratic Party National Chairman Dr Iyochia Ayu to vacate his seat. by reason.
The group’s publicity secretary, Dr. Ade Ajepe, who said the governor was only expressing his personal opinion, added: “Nowhere have Southwest PDP members debated and jointly decided to revolt against the national executive committee , which is a vote of confidence in the party’s National Working Committee”.
Ajepe, in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Saturday titled, “We say no to Gov. Makinde’s calls to remove the national chairman of the PDP,” spoke in response to the statement by the governor of Oyo: “We ask the national president to step down so that the South is fully included.”
However, the movement’s leadership, rising from a meeting on Friday, said: “South West is interested in presiding over the party, but not by stabbing backwards or with a dagger or backdoor, as defended by Governor Makinde and his fellow travelers. , which are, of course, mainly located outside the Southwest Zone.
“When the position of chairman was assigned to the Southwest, those now posing as the defenders of the region, for selfish reasons, colluded with a South-South governor to hijack the position for Rivers State,” the group stated.
However, it urged Ayu, “to ignore the distractions and continue to do a good job, as confirmed by party NEC, and also to reach out to all party men and women across the country and unite all for the task before us.”
According to Ajepe, the group also endorsed the position of PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and also praised Ayu’s “unadulterated support, loyalty and dedication to the party’s constitution.
“As a party, we must follow the path of constitutionalism, rules and regulations, party conventions, practices and principles on all matters, including this one,” the group said.
Ajepe, who said the group’s expectation was a landslide victory for the PDP in next year’s general election, called on all members in the Southwest to “come together to mobilize support for our candidate and his victory in the presidential election.” from February 2023.”