Former National Vice President of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olabode George has once again lent his voice to calls for the resignation of opposition party chairman Iyorchia Ayu.
Bode George, who spoke at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday September 15, said the current arrangement within the party, whose positions of chairman and national chairman are filled by people from the north , cannot continue.
He also said that Ayu’s refusal to step down is an insult to the electorate and to party members in the South.
“In May this year, we elected our presidential candidate in the person of Atiku Abubakar, setting aside the principle of rotation as enshrined in our party constitution in the interest of peace and unity of our party. Today, we are in a situation where our national president is from the same zone as our presidential candidate.
“Some people insist that there is nothing wrong with this current arrangement. Some have argued that it happened under the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, where the candidate and national president hailed from. from the same area.
“Truth be told, there are remarkable differences in the scenario then and now. Then we had the leader of the party who was then a sitting president from the South and the candidate was from the North.
“Also, the national president, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, was then about to leave. Today, we don’t have a sitting president of our party in Aso Villa, so that argument falls flat. We need to stop playing games and being zombies.
“Let me summarize the genesis of the current crisis.
“As envisioned by the founding fathers of our party, there are six top positions in our country: President, Vice President, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary to the Federation Government and National President of the left.
“Currently, we are not in government, so we only control three of these six positions, namely: president, vice-presidential candidates and national president.
“I remember Dr. Iyorchia Ayu saying forcefully that if the presidential candidate emerges from the North, he would resign so that a new national president emerges from another area before the start of the presidential campaign.
“The other three positions are futuristic. It is only when we win the elections that we will fill these positions namely: the president of the Senate, the president and the secretary of the federal government.
“Because of the need to have inclusiveness, unity and unity, it makes no political sense for the presidential candidate and the national president to come from the same area. Now we have a situation in which some elders say “it doesn’t matter.” Can we participate in the elections with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Dr. Iyorchia Ayu from the same area leading our national campaign?
“It will be an affront, an impunity and an insult to the electorate and to the members of the southern party.
“Dr. Ayu openly promised, before the presidential primary in May, to resign, if the presidential candidate came out of the North. So why did he refuse to honor his words? Why is he backing down? What is driving his reluctance not to resign?
“We promise Nigerians that when we come to government, every tribe will have a say in government, but now how do we expect Nigerians to trust us when we cannot keep a simple promise? Our National President made a promise and in such a short time he broke the promise.
“Members of our Southern party are now clearly asking themselves the following questions:
“Have we thrown our integrity to the dogs?
“How will the Southern PDP leaders convince their electorate to vote for our candidate when there is no substantial national post in the South West?
“How can we enter the electoral season with this type of division and hope to win the presidential election on February 25?