By our reporter| Oyo state Seyi Makinde on Wednesday insisted that Iyorchie Ayu, the national chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, must resign.
Makinde, who made the demanded Ayu’s when the South-West PDP stakeholders met with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Ibadan, the state capital,
said Ayu must step down so that southerners will feel “fully included” in the party’s leadership.
For weeks, Makinde’s ally, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, demanded that Ayu step down for a southerner.
Ayu was slated to commence a two-week trip overseas today (Wednesday).
The embattled PDP national chairman recently appealed to the acting Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Adolphus Wabara, to help resolve the crisis in the party by reaching out to aggrieved members of the party.
Ayu had also said members of the National Working Committee would visit Wike in Port Harcourt “for full reconciliation”.
The division in the PDP escalated after Atiku from Adamawa State won the party’s presidential primary in May, and the choice of Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta state governor as Atiku’s running mate.
In a move to resolve the lingering problems in the party, Walid Jibrin (from Nasarawa State), resigned as PDP BoT Chair last week and Wabara from Abia State replaced him in an acting capacity.