The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed when the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, would step down from his position following the call made by Governor Nyesom Wike’s camp and other chieftains ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Recall that the former PDP Deputy National Chairman, Chief Bode George, insisted that Ayu must step down for peace to reign in the party. Bode George also noted that Senator Ayu promised to vacate his seat if the party produced a presidential candidate from the North ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In the wake of the call, the Chairman of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, who spoke during a television programme yesterday, said that it was unfair to have a presidential candidate and National Chairman of the party from the North. He, however, suggested that the party’s National Chairman would only step aside after Atiku Abubakar has been declared President of Nigeria in 2023.
Also recall that in recent times, there has been an untameable crisis in the main opposition party over the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate of the party, and the subsequent emergence of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate in the forthcoming election.
Also, the party is battling a leadership crisis, as all the key offices of the party are currently being held by northerners; from the presidential candidate to the Chairman down to the BoT Chairman and other relevant positions, all are occupied by members from the North.
Speaking in response to the allegation, he said, “To tell the truth, it will not be fair for the Presidential candidate to be from the North and the party Chairman to be from the North and the BoT Chairman also from the North. But look at what is there; I have a tenure of five years, and I’ve spent four and a half years already; only six months remaining for me. But I know I can go any time. Definitely, I can sacrifice my position.
“If an election is held and Atiku declared as president in 2023, why would he (Ayu) not leave? Whether he likes it or not, he must leave. For me, I’m too eager to leave.
“What I’m saying is that we should wait until this committee is set up to reconcile Wike and Atiku have finished their work, then we’ll now go ahead to address the other complaints. Asking him to resign now will not answer the question”.