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No one can force Ayu to resign as PDP chairman, says Atiku

By Dennis Erezi
21 September 2022   |   6:36 pm
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said neither he nor anyone can force Iyorchia Ayu to resign as chairman. "If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the laws that set out the basis for such removal," Atiku said in a statement.…

PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said neither he nor anyone can force Iyorchia Ayu to resign as chairman.

“If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the laws that set out the basis for such removal,” Atiku said in a statement.

“In any event, you will all recall that the very body that is empowered by law to initiate this removal from office, has already passed a vote of confidence in him.”

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Atiku was reacting to the withdrawal of some party members, led by the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, from his campaign team.

Their withdrawal was preceded by a long meeting from Tuesday evening till Wednesday morning in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The group said they will not participate in Atiku’s campaign activities unless Ayu resigns as PDP chairman.

Some of the attendees of the meeting are the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who was named as the Vice Chairman (South) of the same committee; former governor of Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko and his counterpart in Ekiti, Ayo Fayose, among others.

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The trio was also part of the meeting where the decision to withdraw from the campaign was made in Port Harcourt.

Atiku said he was shocked by the news of the withdrawal of Wike and his allies, urging the aggrieved PDP members to rethink of their stance.

“The people that addressed the press must have their reasons for withdrawing from the Presidential Campaign Council, and I will not speculate as to what those reasons may be,” Atiku said.

“Personally, I am quite surprised with this withdrawal because, as I have been informed by officials of our party, apart from the Rivers State chapter of the PDP, all the remaining states of the federation submitted names of people who they wanted included in the Presidential Campaign Council.

“On the calls for the resignation or removal from office of our national chairman, however, I must reiterate what I have said ‘severally’ in public and in private; the decision for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office is personal to Dr. Ayu and, neither I nor anyone else can make that decision for him.

“As to the calls for the removal of Dr. Ayu from office, however, I will state that, as a committed democrat and firm believer in the rule of law and democratic tenets, and our party being one set up, organized and regulated by law and our constitution, it is my absolute belief that everything that we do in our party must be done in accordance with, and conformity to the law and our constitution.”