Friday October 07, 2022 4:21 AM

Atiku replies Wike’s team, says Ayu won’t be removed

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has openly dared the Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike saying that the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu won’t resign as being demanded by the team of the Rivers Governor.

Reacting to the sudden withdrawal of Wike and his loyalists from the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, the former Vice President called on angry party stakeholders to have a rethink and retrace their actions.

It will be recalled that the main opposition party PDP has been engulfed in internal wranglings since the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate. The crisis became worse after the choosing of Govermor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as Atiku’s running mate.

In a statement on Wednesday, Atiku said: “On the calls for the resignation or removal from office of our national chairman, however, I must reiterate what I have said severally in public and in private; the decision for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to resign from office is personal to Dr. Ayu and, neither I nor anyone else can make that decision for him. group pulls out of Atiku’s campaign

“As to the calls for the removal of Dr. Ayu from office, however, I will state that, as a committed democrat and firm believer in the rule of law and democratic tenets, and our party being one set up, organised and regulated by law and our constitution, it is my absolute belief that every thing that we do in our party must be done in accordance with, and conformity to, the law and our constitution.

“If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the laws that set out the basis for such removal. In any event, you will all recall that the very body that is empowered by law to initiate this removal from office, has already passed a vote of confidence in him”.

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