Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has joined Governor Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor to call for the resignation of Iyochia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Makinde, who made this call at the South-west PDP meeting held in Ibadan, with the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, said Ayu’s resignation will give a sense of belonging to the people of the south in the party.
Makinde, in his welcome address at the meeting, said the people of the South-west have no issue with PDP or Atiku.
“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 because 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. As a result, 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.
“We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will be fully included. That is the message,” Makinde said.
Atiku Abubakar, in his response said Ayu;s resignation must be done in accordance with the party’s constitution, rules, regulations and practice.
“We cannot do anything outside our constitution except if it is amended. We cannot do anything unless the laws are amended.
“Ayu must go through our constitution, rules, regulations, and our practice, otherwise we cannot give the kind of leadership Nigerians want.
“It is possible, it is achievable, we have done it before and we have started doing it again,”Atiku said
He urged PDP members not to allow the issue to derail them from working hard to win the next general elections.
Both Makinde and Wike have been insistent on the call for the removal of Ayu, pointing out that the key positions in the party have been lopsided in favour of the north.
Both governors began the call for Mr Ayu’s removal and his replacement with a southerner following the emergence of Atiku as the party’s presidential candidate.