A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bode George has described the response of the presidential candidate of the party, Abubakar Atiku to calls for the removal of Senator Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the PDP as dispirited
Bode made this statement on Thursday while speaking during an interview on Arise Television’s News.
George said, “Let’s do what is right, let’s do what is just. All of us can not sleep and face the same direction. I am talking because we are losing focus from the norm and the cause of our founding fathers.”
“It is not a personal thing for me and it will never be. This is not a personal emotional issue. This is about doing things right. Let’s follow the culture and the norms of our founding fathers so that we can convince the people that we can build the country,” he added.
Recall that Atiku had restated his position that he cannot force Ayu to resign as the party’s National Chairman
This was after Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his team in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Ayu-must-go move pulled out of the campaign Council of Atiku.
The party stalwarts, who share in Wike’s vision, maintained that there would be no support for Atiku until Ayu vacated the number one office of the party to allow an acting Chairman from the South part of the country.
George said, “We resolve that we are deeply concerned by the division in our party. We are aware that over the years our party has developed conflict resolution mechanisms that guarantee inclusiveness. The published presidential campaign council list translates to putting the cat before the horse.
The pertinent issue remains the resolution of the leadership which is a departure of “Senator Iyorchia Ayu must resign as the National Chairman of the party for an acting Chairman of the Southern Nigerian extraction to emerge and lead the party on the national campaign.
“Consequently, we resolve not to participate in the campaign council in whatever capacity until the resignation of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.”