The spokespersons of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southwest excluding Oyo state, have declared their support for the embattled national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu.
In a statement jointly signed by Hakeem Amode, SPS, Lagos; Kennedy Peretei, SPS, Ondo; Hon. Raphael ‘Wumi Adeyanju, SPS, Ekiti and Asiwaju Bankole Akinloye, SPS, Ogun and issued on Saturday, and made available to TechnocratMedia, said they on the behalf of the PDP in five states dissociates themselves from the calls for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
“On behalf of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) State Chapters in Ondo, Osun, Ogun, Ekiti and Lagos state we the Publicity Secretaries in these states respectively dissociate ourselves from calls for the resignation of Dr Iyorchia Ayu as PDP National Chairman.
“We wish to affirm our faithfulness to the PDP constitution which clearly stipulates the procedure for leadership election and removal. As the only political party that has not changed name or logo since its establishment in 1998, the party cannot afford to appear unserious,” the statement reads.
They added that don’t see any justification for the resignation of Mr Ayu.
“We do not see any justification for the resignation of our National Chairman, especially at this very critical stage of preparation for elections.
“Dr Iyorchia Ayu was duly elected at a properly constituted National Convention with a four-year mandate and recently received the vote of confidence of the party’s National Executive Committee, at its 97th meeting in Abuja.
“Our party has championed the sanctity of the PDP Constitution (2017 as amended). We must therefore do everything to maintain this sanctity. Any action that undermines the spirit of the party’s constitution at this crucial stage can only be considered a deliberate attempt to sabotage the party’s efforts at winning in the coming general elections.
“We appeal to the leadership of our party in the Southwest region to work together to respect the Constitution of our party because, if we cannot respect our own rules, guidelines and constitution as a party, how will Nigerians trust us to respect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when voted into the office.
“The concern of our zonal leaders and their determination to protect the interest of our members against any form of marginalization is deeply appreciated. However, our focus should be directed mainly to encouraging our teeming members to rally around our candidates vying for the Houses of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship positions and ensure that they win elections.
“The leadership of the party in the aforementioned states pledge our unwavering support and unalloyed commitment to our Presidential Candidate, former Vice President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, His Excellency, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
“The mission to rescue, rebuild and redirect Nigeria is a task that must be done, to save our country from imminent total collapse,” they said.
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers; Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo; Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue; Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, governor of Abia states and other bigwigs in the party from the southern part of the country are leading the call for the resignation of the party’s national chairman.
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