September 14, 2022

Atiku/Wike crisis: Makinde calls for Ayu’s resignation 

By Miftaudeen Raji 

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has backed Governor Nyesom Wike’s call for the resignation of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

Makinde made this call on Wednesday when the presidential candidate of the party, Abubakar Atiku met with some stakeholders of the PDP in the South-West. 

The Oyo State Governor, together with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike have been at loggerheads with the Atiku camp over Ayu’s stay in office. 

However, in his welcome address, he described Atiku as “the incoming President of Nigeria in 2023.”

Makinde’s description of Atiku elicited a loud applause from the PDP stakeholders at the venue of the meeting.

He said, “The truth is that we do not have any issue either with our party or our candidate. If there are challenges they must be tabled.

“We are supposed to give hope to our people, we want them to listen to us.

Our party wants to rescue Nigeria and our candidate is a unifier. He wants to restructure Nigeria

“Eight years of the All Progressives Congress have left us sharply divided. The issue is we must practice what we preach. If we want to unify Nigeria, we must unify the PDP first.

“If we want to restructure Nigeria, we must have the willingness to bring inclusivity to the PDP. Do we have the capacity? The answer is resounding yes.

“The message from the South-West PDP is the South-West is asking that the National Working Committee of the PDP should be restructured.

“We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will be fully included. That is the message.”