Ayu must step down for peace, Makinde tells Atiku in Ibadan



By Aminu Kutama

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has again demanded the immediate resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

Makinde made the demand at the south-west stakeholders meeting with the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.

“Our party wants to rescue Nigeria and our candidate is a unifier. He wants to restructure Nigeria,” he said.

“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 that the south-west is asking that the national working committee (NWC) of the PDP should be restructured,” Makinde added.

The governor said Ayu must step down so that southerners in the party will feel “fully included”.

“We are asking the national chairman to step down so that the south will be fully included. That is the message.”

Amid increasing pressure from Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and his bloc, and in a move to resolve the lingering problems in the party, Walid Jibrin from Nasarawa State, had resigned as PDP BoT Chair last week and Wabara from Abia State replaced him in acting capacity.

Ayu had said members of the National Working Committee would visit Wike in Port Harcourt “for full reconciliation”.

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