Why Ayu Must Resign as PDP Chair – Bode George
POLITICS DIGEST- Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy Chairman Chief Olabode George has said the National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, should honour his promise to resign if the presidential candidate is picked from the North.
He said the emergence of the chairman and flag bearer from one zone has violated the principle of inclusivity.
George, a retired Naval Commodore and one-military governor of Ondo State, also urged the main opposition party to put its house in order ahead of next year’s polls.
He advised the presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike to sheathe their swords in the interest of the party.
George, who spoke with reporters in Lagos on the state of the nation, urged Wike to emulate him by making sacrifices for the platform.
The party elder said although he aspired to serve as national chairman, he had to bury the ambition when it was not zoned to the Southwest, contrary to the expectation of party faithful in the region.
George maintained that the fact that Ayu has continued to function as chairman after Atiku became candidate has upset some chieftains
from the South.
He said:”Ayu said once the presidential candidate emerged from the North, he will resign. I want to take him for his word. Why are you now trying to reverse the role? Your word must be your bond.”
George recalled that the PDP founding fathers had promised the distribution of six core positions among the six zones to foster equity and unity.
He listed the positions as president, vice president, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Senate President, House of Representatives Speaker and National Chairman.
In his view, their proposal heralded the culture of zoning and rotation in a bid to give the six regions a sense of inclusion and belonging.