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Why Ayu must step down now – Bode George



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Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George on Friday gave reasons why he supported the call for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu.
The former National Vice Chairman of the party (Southwest), said he had been a longtime member of the party’s structure and knew what was best for the organisation.
He said the call for Ayu’s resignation was legal and in accordance with the constitution because the PDP chairman had already stated that he would step down if the party’s presidential candidate came from the north.
George said, “There are six top positions in the country. The positions are the presidency, vice presidency, senate presidency, speakership, Secretary to the government, and National chairman of the party. Six zones and six positions and so every zone will go home with one of these top positions. In other words, you have removed the friction.
““And it was agreed that after every eight years, all the three top positions in the north will come down to the south and vice versa. And if you look at it right now, number one in our party is the presidency, and number six is the party chairmanship position and both cannot come from the same geopolitical zone.
“Now that we are trying to manoeuvre the concept that came from us to suit certain purposes and personal ambitions, it is going to drive us to the canvass and that is what I am saying.
“We are not asking Ayu that he should be zoned out or forced to resign. We are asking for this in the sense of oneness and inclusivity for him to throw in the towel and let us balance the top positions. We are going to campaign in my zone and we want our party to win. If it is not going to affect the party, I won’t bother.
“But how do I go on the campaign trip in the South-West and tell the people that look, we are ready and you must vote for our candidate?
“Let’s assume the south has the presidential ticket, vice presidential ticket and chairmanship position, how will our PDP brothers from the north take it? Will they be happy? All I am saying is to ensure justice and fairness and if they say they don’t want it, history will be on the side of the truth.”
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