The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has called for the resignation of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Iyorchia Ayu, for the people of the South to feel a sense of belonging in the party.
The governor made this call at the South-West PDP stakeholders meeting with the presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
Recall, Makinde together with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has been tackling the PDP over the National Chairman of the party and the presidential candidate who are from the North.
However, in his welcome address, he described Atiku as “the incoming President of Nigeria in 2023.”
Makinde’s description of Atiku elicited a loud applause from the PDP stakeholders at the venue of the meeting.
He said, “The truth is that we do not have any issue either with our party or our candidate. If there are challenges they must be tabled.
“We are supposed to give hope to our people, we want them to listen to us.
Our party wants to rescue Nigeria and our candidate is a unifier. He wants to restructure Nigeria
“Eight years of the All Progressives Congress have left us sharply divided. The issue is we must practice what we preach. If we want to unify Nigeria, we must unify the PDP first.
“If we want to restructure Nigeria, we must have the willingness to bring inclusivity to the PDP. Do we have the capacity? The answer is resounding yes.
“The message from the South-West PDP is the South-West is asking that the National Working Committee of the PDP should be restructured.
“We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will be fully included. That is the message.”
Meanwhile, Ayu has today, September 14, 2022, departed for Europe.
This was disclosed in a statement by Simon Imobo-Tswam, his Special Adviser to the National Chairman (Media and Communications), on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.
According to the statement, the PDP chairman will be out for two weeks, but purpose of the trip is not stated.
It however informed that the embattled party boss has handed over to the Deputy Chairman (North), Iliya Damagun, to act as national chairman in his absence.
The statement also revealed that Ayu has already informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about the developments.