PDP Chairman Asked To Resign Over Atiku’s Emergence
Some stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party have called on the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu to resign from his position following the emergence of Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the party.
Others claimed that Ayu had signed an undertaken before his emergence as the National Chairman of the party that he would resign and hand over to a Southerner if the presidential candidate comes from his region.
Ayu while speaking in an interview after his emergence as PDP national chairman said, “Luckily, party positions are not tied to the position of executive and legislative positions.
“However, I’m a very democratic person and I will do everything to promote the interest and image of my party.
“If the PDP says I should step down after a presidential candidate emerges and happens to be from the North, I will be very glad to do so because what we want is to take over the government and run the government in the interest of Nigerians. So, I’ll sacrifice anything to ensure that my party wins.”
A former minister from the South-South, who is leading the call for Ayu’s resignation, while speaking with Daily Independent noted that his group will begin moves to ensure that Ayu honours the agreement and resigns.
He said, “We have written a letter to the national chairman yesterday reminding him of the pact he had with the party leaders if our presidential candidate comes from the North.
“We will also begin to mount pressure on major stakeholders in the party across the country to ensure he abides by the agreement.”
2023: APC screens 12 presidential aspirants [Full list]
On Monday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) screened its first batch of presidential aspirants.
A total of 23 aspirants are listed for the screening, which will be concluded on Tuesday.
Former National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, is the chairperson of the screening committee.
Meanwhile, the party has not declared its position on if it would zone the presidential ticket.
According to Abdullahi Adamu, APC national chairman, the decision would be taken after the screening exercise.
The 12 aspirants that passed through the screening committee on Monday were listed as follows:
Robert A. Boroffice
Ahmad Rufai Sani
Those to be screened on Tuesday are: