The infighting in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seems to be ready to worsen as the national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, Minday said he won’t resign his position as he has a four year term to serve.
Adadainfo reports that the Governor Nyesom Wike faction in the dispute wants Ayu to step down as party chairman in favour of somebody from the South since PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is from the North like Ayu.
Ayu also denied that he submitted a resignation to former Senate President David Mark, adding that he can only tender his resignation to give his resignation letter to the Deputy Chairman (North) as provided for in Section 45 (i and ii) of the party’s constitution.
PDP National Chairman was reacting to stories in the news media today, that he has resigned and that his resignation letter is with ex-Senate President David Mark.
But reacting through his Special Adviser to the National Chairman (Media & Communication), Simon Imobo-Tswam, said “We state, with all emphasis, that this story is, in its entirety, false, baseless, reckless, inaccurate, and a complete work of fiction. If there is such a resignation, it exists only in the imagination of those who have made themselves available for hatchet jobs.
“If Dr. Ayu had resigned, he would have given his resignation letter to the Deputy Chairman (North); not Sen. Mark. Section 45 (i and ii) of the party’s constitution is clear on this.
“So, where does Distinguished Sen. David Mark come in here, being that he is not even a member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC)? It appears that those who have been procured to blackmail the national chairman out of office are not even aware of what the party’s constitution says about the matter.
“We are shocked that such reckless, vicious, mischievous and fabricated falsehood can find prime space in the mainstream media.
“But even more shocking is the fact that otherwise respected media houses have made themselves easy platforms for unscrupulous people to peddle falsehood and run smear campaigns, once the fee is right.
“But the fact remains that those who have been procured to write falsehoods against the national chairman and those sponsoring the same are investing in expensive illusions.
“The national chairman is on a crucial assignment: to lead the PDP on a historic rescue mission, Come February 2023. And he will not be deterred or distracted by media terrorism or political blackmail.
“We restate, therefore, that the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has not resigned and has no plan of resigning. For clarity and emphasis, he was elected for a tenure of four years.
“Sections 45 and 47 of the PDP Constitution are clear on the removal and/or resignation of the national chairman. Those who don’t know this should get copies of the party’s constitution for more information on the matter.”
He urged PDP members and the general public to ignore any stories of such a phantom resignation.
Wike and his supporters have been in conflict with the party leadership after lost in the party presidential primary and was overlooked for vice presidential slot