The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State, Shehu Sagagi has asked the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign.
Naija News reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his close allies have also called for the resignation or removal of Ayu. a condition to back the presidential candidate of the party, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking to Vanguard, Sagagi accused the opposition party national chairman of manipulating the PDP presidential primary.
While disclosing that Ayu promised to resign if a northern emerges as a presidential candidate, the Kano PDP chairman asked him to keep to his word.
He said: “Ayu manipulated the presidential primary. I have evidence that he manipulated it. Keep that aside, at least a presidential candidate has emerged and we promise to give him all the support that he needs. But Ayu must resign.”
On whether Ayu’s resignation will affect the party executive structure, he said: “It doesn’t matter. This is something that can be done. How long did it take to organise his election? It is just a matter of consensus. He never visited the 36 states and the FCT, it was just a consensus. So, it is a very simple exercise that can be done.
“My call is for him to resign. I was there when he made the promise at the Bauchi State governor’s lodge in Abuja. He made the promise in my presence, I was there.
“So, at least as an elder statesman, he should honour his words, let him resign.
“The party is polarised such that some members of the party feel alienated and we need those people for the party to be victorious.
“Thank God nobody is denying that Atiku is the party’s presidential candidate. Nobody is saying that he is not going to give him the support to win the election. But at least the Southern members of the party should be carried along so that there is fairness and equity.
“This will not affect the party in any way. We have five months to the election, this can be done.”