Saturday January 28, 2023 8:24 PM

PDP Crisis: Afenifere backs position of G-5 Governors

Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization has declared support for  five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who rejected Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambition ahead of 2023 presidential election.

According to Afenifere, the crisis is due to  to the party’s constitution being broken as well as the resolutions made at the 2014 national conference on the rotation of presidential power between the northern and southern states of the nation.

The statement was issued on behalf of Afenifere on Wednesday by Chief Sola Ebiseeni, the secretary-general of group.

Speaking in a statement issued on Tuesday, thw organization supported the position of the five PDP governors that are kicking against the emergence of Atiku as the PDP’s presidential candidate.

The group said that  power should shift to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, has served an eight-year term.

According to him, it is blatant hypocrisy for politicians to openly sabotage their parties during elections and shamelessly reject the equity they are agitating for.

The statement reads, “The PDP was birthed in the legacy of national healing and consensus, enthroning regional and geopolitical zoning of the office of the president as the harbinger of peace and progress. “Notwithstanding, its loss of power in 2015, it is being looked upon as the general purpose vehicle for national redemption so much that those who transgressed against it were soon forgiven and welcomed with open arms without loss of precedence and honour.

“The party, however, bit the forbidden fruit the moment it deceived itself that the centre could hold while destroying the foundational covenant. We hold it evidently true in nature that in the current conflict between the PDP on one hand and righteousness, truth and justice on the other, the result is a foregone conclusion.

“In fairness to Ayu, the position of the national chairman is what belongs to him as of right of the convention of the party and which he got by consensus. However, before his inauguration on the 31st of October 2021, he had already granted interview suggesting the emergence of a northern presidential candidate and that he would resign in that eventuality, a promise now his albatross.

“The just call by the Integrity Group led by Governor Nyesom Wike and his colleagues and reasoned with by well-meaning party members and other Nigerians is a mere parable against the decision of the PDP, seeking iniquitously that power should remain in the North after eight years of its presidency through Muhammadu Buhari.

“The nation earnestly awaits the full expression of the integrity in the righteous league with the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum and the APC group led by Babachir Lawal. Ayu or the national chairman of any political party is not the issue in the quest for inclusiveness and justice.”

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