Why I’m advocating the resignation of Ayu

A former deputy national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Olabode George, opened up Friday on why he supports calls for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

He said his support for the call became necessary to ensure balance in the party, adding that it will help the main opposition party convince Nigerians as the right party to vote for in next year’s elections.

The elder statesman stated this Friday when he appeared on Arise TV’s The morning show. George added that he was part of the party system for a long time and knew what was good for the party.

He said calling for Ayu’s resignation was in accordance with the constitution, and said the PDP chairman himself had promised to resign if a northerner came forward as the party’s presidential candidate.

“We say we are on the disadvantaged side and let’s take a holistic view. We want to win this election and the popular saying is that whoever comes to justice must come with clean hands.

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“In order to convince Nigerians, we also need to put our house in order and make sure we are structured in such a way that we can convince Nigerians as the right party to take the helm in 2023. The PDP Constitution supports this” said George.

The PUNCH had reported on Thursday that Gorge had called for Ayu’s resignation at a press conference in Lagos while advocating for the position of a Southerner.

According to George, the current arrangement in the party holding the presidential and national presidential positions by persons from the north cannot continue.

He said Ayu’s refusal to resign is a message to PDP members in the South that they don’t matter.

“I remember Dr. Iyorchia Ayu emphatically said that if the presidential candidate comes from the north, he would step down for a new national president who would come from another zone before the presidential campaign begins.

“The other three positions are futuristic. Only when we win the elections will we fulfill these functions, which are: the president of the senate, the president and the secretary of the federal government.

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“Due to the need to have inclusiveness, unity and togetherness, there is no political sense whatsoever for the presidential candidate and the national president to be from the same zone. Now we have a situation where some elders say “it doesn’t matter”. Can we enter the elections with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, from the same zone, leading our National Campaign?

“This will be an insult, an impunity and an insult to voters and party members from the South.

“Dr. Ayu openly pledged to step down before the presidential election in May if the presidential candidate comes from the north. So why has he refused to honor his words? Why does he distance himself? What drives his reluctance not to resign?

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