Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential hopeful, claims he is unable to make a decision regarding the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman.
After Governor Nyesom Wike’s campaign left his presidential campaign council for the 2023 general elections, Atiku issued a statement saying, “On the calls for the resignation or removal from office of our national chairman, however, I must reiterate what I have said several times in public and in private; the decision for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office is personal to Dr. Ayu and, neither I nor anyone else can make that decision for him”.
Regarding the calls for Dr. Ayu’s resignation, however, I will say that because I am a devoted democrat and a strong supporter of the rule of law and democratic principles and because our party is one that is established, organized, and governed by law and our constitution, I firmly believe that everything we do within our party must be done in compliance with and conformity with the law and our constitution.
“If Dr. Ayu’s office is to be terminated, it must be done in line with the laws that specify the grounds for such termination. You’ll all remember, however, that the exact body mandated by law to begin this removal from office has already passed a vote of confidence in him,” Atiku added.
To counter this, Atiku urged “those members of our party who have expressed their decision to quit from the Presidential Campaign Council to have a rethink, retrace their ways, and join us in these endeavors.”
After a late-night meeting that ended on Wednesday morning at the governor’s private residence in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Wike’s group declared its withdrawal from the recently constituted campaign council.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, former governors Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Donald Duke of Cross River, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, and Jonah Jang of Plateau, as well as former Attorney General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke, were present at the meeting with Wike in Port Harcourt.
Elder statesmen Olabode George and Jerry Gana, South-South PDP Chairman Dan Orbih, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Chibudom Nwuche, Senator Suleiman Nazif, Nnenna Ukeje, and other people are also present at the meeting.
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