Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday expressed his view on the call for the resignation of Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the National Chairman of the party.
Atiku said he had no problem with the call as long as it came in accordance with the party’s constitution.
“The Peoples Democratic Party is the oldest political party in Nigeria since the return of democracy and even before then,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe. “It is a party that has laid down rules and regulations.
“I have been a member of the party since when it was formed, and I am still a member of the party up to the point of what it has grown to become.”
At the party’s South-West stakeholders meeting with Atiku in Ibadan, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State demanded that Ayu must resign if the party must move forward.
Makinde said, “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, 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. 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 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.”