The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has made his intention known to Gov Wike and his camp that the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu won’t resign as demanded by them.
Reacting to the recent withdrawal of Gov Wike and his loyalists from the party presidential council, Alhaji Atiku, urged the discontented party chieftains to reconsider and retrace their steps.
In a statement on Wednesday, Atiku said: “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 by, and conformity to, the law and our constitution.
“If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done by the laws that set out the basis for such removal. 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”.
He urged them not to be emotionally pushed, and that the Party serves the interest of every zones, not a particular one.