…Ayu must resign – Makinde
…Not until constitution is amended – Atiku
THE crisis festering in People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead the 2023 presidential election, yesterday, took yet a new twist and frontline despite damage control efforts by some of the opposition party’s elders.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State provided the new battle line when he called on Senator Iyorchia Ayu to resign from his position as the party’s national chairman.
Makinde made the demand while hosting the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar Atiku and some South-West PDP stakeholders in Ibadan, yesterday.
Giving Ayu’s resignation as the only condition for all sides to sheath their swords in the feud, Makinde said that the party must be united first before it could offer unity to a sharply divided country like Nigeria.
According to him, Ayu must go so that the southern part of the country could be well represented in the party’s affairs.
“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 practise 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 a resounding yes. The message from the South-West PDP is that 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,” he said.
It will be recalled that Makinde is one of the governors in Gov. Nyesome Wike of Rivers State’s camp in the internal strife rocking PDP aftermath its presidential primaries in July.