A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has berated the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, for refusing to resign from his position despite the rift in the party.
Naija News recalls that Governor Nyesom Wike of River state and his Abia, Oyo, Enugu, and Benue states counterparts, Okezie Ikpeazu, Seyi Makinde, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and Samuel Ortom, respectively, insisted that Ayu must resign from office over the alleged imbalance in the PDP leadership.
The governors insisted Ayu had earlier promised to resign from his position if the presidential candidate emerges from the North.
The party consequently set up a BoT Reconciliation Committee headed by former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, to wade into the crisis between Wike and Ayu.
With Ayu showing no intent to honour his pledge, the Adolphus Wabara-led committee submitted a number of recommendations, one of which was that Ayu should commit to leaving his position after the 2023 elections.
Sharing his thoughts on the situation in an interview with Sunday Punch, George opined that Ayu should keep to his promise.
He wondered why the National Chairman was so bent on keeping his position adding that if he should die the PDP would still continue with its affairs.
He said, “The truth is that the BoT panel said because Ayu made a pronouncement that if the Presidential candidate comes to the North, he will resign; he should resign. His words should be his bond if he is honourable. He ought to be a distinguished Senator.
“What is so sacrosanct about his fixated belief that he must be the chairman of the party? If he drops dead today, won’t the party continue?
“I am told that the report was that Ayu should honour his promise and vacate his seat. I am told that it was the chairman of the committee, Adolphus Wabara who said Ayu should make a commitment that he would go after the elections.
‘’What do they expect us to go home and tell our people? Are they saying ‘vote for us first and we will give you the chairmanship of the party?’ What crap! If the reverse was the case and the North is in our position, having nothing to take home, will they be happy? What you cannot accept, don’t do to other people. Ayu is destroying the fabric of PDP.”