Makinde Calls for Ayu’s Resignation, as party holds stakeholders’ interactive session with Atiku
By Adewale Owoade
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has called for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Makinde made the call on Wednesday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ interactive session with the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, and leaders of the party from the Southwest, held in Ibadan.
According to the governor, the only way to promote unity among party leaders and reflect the restructuring of Nigeria, is to begin with the party.
“We know, quite right, there are challenges in our party; we have issues to address, but one good thing is that we have the capacity to address the issues.
“The truth is that we don’t have any issue either with our party or with our candidate.
“If there are challenges, we must bring it on the table so that we can address those challenges to ensure that our journey is smooth and we can get to our destination.
“Integrity and honour must be a part of our national cycle if we want them (citizens) to listen to us, to hear the message we have for them.
“If we want to unify Nigeria, we must first unify PDP; if we want a government of national unity, the faces in PDP must reflect national unity.
“If we want to restructure Nigeria, we must have the rudiments to do what is right.
“Your excellency Sir, the Southwest PDP is asking that the National Working Committee of the party should be restructured by asking the National Chairman of the Party to step down,” Makinde said.
In his response, the presidential candidate of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said the calls for the resignation of the national chairman or any national officer could only be achieved through the amendment of the party’s constitution.
He charged the party leaders not to lose focus as the party has the capacity to win the 2023 general election.
“I have no problem from wherever any member of the party comes from, but it must be in accordance with our constitution, our regulation.
“Therefore, what Gov. Makinde is asking for is achievable under our constitution, under our regulation and under our procedures.
“So, those institutions must be part to whatever changes we make; that is why we can’t do anything outside the constitution unless it is amended.
“Your excellencies, distinguish leaders in the Southwest, what is before us, I don’t want us to lose focus; the focus is how to win the next election.
“I want to assure you it is doable, it is achievable, we can do it, we have the capacity to do it, we have done it before,” Atiku, said.
The vice presidential candidate of the party, Ifeanyichukwu Okowa, advised the party members to be united to ensure victory for the party.
“It is time for us to speak as one and, if we do that by cooperating with one another, we will definitely get all States in the kitty of PDP,” Okawa said.
In his address, the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Iliya Damagum urged the stakeholders to commit themselves to work diligently for the success of the party.
“I want to seize the opportunity to ask stakeholders withing the party to bear with each other, we are in a trying moment.
“We have a father in this party who has a large heart, we have nothing to fear; commit yourself diligently to work with this party,” Damagum said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that dignitaries at the event include Osun State Governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke; Oyo State Deputy Governor, Barrister Bayo Lawal and ex-governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko.
Others are ex-governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; ex-governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; Amb. Taofek Arapaja and Sen Dino Melaye, among others. (NAN)