Southwest PDP backs Atiku, insists Ayu must go

There is no end in sight to the internal crisis plaguing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Southwest stakeholders have demanded the resignation of its National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, in the interests of justice, justice and fair play.

However, the presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has stated that their request is feasible, but relying on the party’s constitution and established principles.

Governor Seyi Makinde, who presented the demands of Southwest PDP stakeholders in an interactive session with the former vice president in Ibadan, Oyo State, said the myriad problems facing the party are surmountable, but the one-sidedness in elective positions and non-compliance with the Constitution and the principles governing the functioning of the party must be addressed.

He said: “We have challenges and problems, but we have the capacity to address them in PDP. The challenges in PDP are not just about governors Makinde, Nyesom Wike, Ugwuanyi Ikpeazu, Samuel Ortom as portrayers, but constitutional matters.

“We have no problems with our party or its presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar. We have put behind us what happened during the party’s presidential elections and the selection of the vice presidential candidate.

“As a party, we must practice what we preach. It’s all about integrity and honor, not individuals.

“The POP structure should reflect national unity as preached. We have the capacity to do that and a capable presidential candidate.

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“Our demands as a PDP in the Southwest can be divided into pre-election and post-election demands.

“The demand for the election is a total restructuring of the party leadership, including a restructuring of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

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Makinde added that a situation where the presidential candidate, the national chairman and the director general of the Atiku campaign organization come from the northeast, north-central and northwest is unacceptable. He therefore demanded on behalf of the Southwest PDP that the party’s national chairman resign in the interests of justice, justice and fair play.

Atiku stated in his response that he has no problem with wherever a party member comes from, but the constitution and the stated principles of the party must be strictly adhered to.

He said Makinde’s request to restructure the party’s leadership is feasible, but relying on the party constitution.

Atiku said: “We can’t do anything outside of the constitution. The Southwest PDP’s positions, as expressed by Governor Makinde, have to go through a constitutional process.

“We cannot give the country the kind of leadership it wants without relying on the constitution. The PDP has a constitution that guides its operation. Nothing can be done outside of this constitution.

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“The main challenge we face is the 2023 general election. We can win the election if we want to. “In 2003, as director general of the campaign organization Obasanjo/Atiku, I supplied five of the six states in the Southwest to the PDP. History will repeat itself in 2023, but with a formidable team.”

In his speech, the party’s vice presidential candidate and the governor of Delta, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, described Nigeria as a sick country in need of a doctor.

He argued that the government led by the All Progressives Congress (AP-C) had been balkanizing the country for the past seven and a half years, adding that today’s Nigeria is not the Nigeria of our dreams.

He said: “Nigeria is sick. It needs prescribing appropriate medication. If you put all the candidates in a row, Atiku is the best choice of the lot. He is the only medication acceptable to Nigerians. “We are not talking about a ticket to the same faith, but about someone who has the charisma and experience to lead the country to the promised land.

“He has respect for everyone. That is why I am privileged to be his vice presidential candidate. With the support of all stakeholders, we can begin the healing process of the country battered by the APC government.

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“We are one party in PDP. We have reconciled our grievances. We will continue as one family.”

During the event, PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman and Sokoto State Governor Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal spoke the same creed as the APC’s albatross. He noted that the adoption of a ticket to the same belief in a pluralistic society like Nigeria is the beginning of the failure of the APC coupled with eight years of mismanagement. On behalf of the former PDP governors, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola assured Atiku the support of members of the party from the Southwest

“We want to assure Your Excellency that we stand united and firmly behind your course to succeed in 2023.

“Governor Makinde has been given the authority to discuss our proposal with you as members of the Southwest party,” he said.

On behalf of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, who was inevitably absent, North’s national vice chairman, Umar Damagun, praised the efforts of the South West PDP led by Makinde to ensure the success of the event. He stressed the need for members to put past events behind them and form a formidable team to ensure the success of the party presidential candidate in 2023.

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