On Wednesday, Chief Bode George of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest urged the party’s enraged members to put down their swords for the good of the group.
In addition to pleading with Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, to reach out to resentful people, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, was also exhorted to continue showing interest in the party’s activities by George.
The PDP also encouraged Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, to keep his word and step down.
If the party’s presidential candidate came from the North, Ayu had earlier threatened to resign, according to him.
Speaking at a press conference held at his residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, George said, “Ayu once said if the presidential candidate should emerge from the North, he’ll resign. I want to take on him for his word. Why are you now trying to reverse the role? Your word must be your bond.
“However, I appeal to all sides to sheathe their swords.
“It’s absolutely necessary and makes a lot of sense for the candidate who wants to wear the big crown, Atiku Abubakar, to start the networking of people and multiple congregation of efforts that’ll make the party succeed.
“I urge Ezenwo Wike to maintain an abiding interest and fidelity to the PDP, which is the best in terms of national outlook, format and reputation.”
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