The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) has decided to meet with Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, to discuss the crisis tearing the PDP apart.
Recall that a number of governors, including Chief Olabode George, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Benue State, among others, withdrew from Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign on Wednesday. They insisted that A
In response to Wike’s campaign’s decision to withdraw, Atiku had stated in a statement that the PDP chair ought to be removed in accordance with the party’s rules and regulations.
Chief Adolphus Wabara, the PDP’s newly elected BoT chairman, stated in a statement to Newsmen that the BoT will meet with Atiku to discuss matters pertaining to Ayu and his remarks on the rumored revision to the party’s constitution.
When asked about the plans to change the PDP constitution, Wabara responded that the PDP presidential candidate will make the final choice.
He said, “We will need to speak to the presidential candidate for clarifications on that statement (on constitutional amendment). He has to let us know the constitutionality of the issue, so we can’t comment on that now until we ascertain the constitutionality of the issue.
“There is no problem without a solution but we queue behind our leader who knows where we are headed.”
Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, will only be dismissed from his position if the party’s rules permit it, Atiku underlined in the statement on Wednesday.
He said, “As a committed democrat and firm believer in the rule of law and democratic tenets, and our party being one set up, organized and regulated by law and our constitution, it is my absolute belief that everything 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.”
Atiku went on to say that the country is presently experiencing a period of insecurity, economic collapse, divisiveness and mutual mistrust, as well as educational disruptions, all of which should be the emphasis for the time being.
He exhorted every member of the party to unite and work with him to address the problems in society and turn the country around.
Atiku urged PDP members that have stated their resolve to withdraw from the Presidential Campaign Council to rethink and retrace their steps.
“The above notwithstanding and for the sake of our country, our children, and those yet unborn, we must not, for one minute, shirk our responsibilities to rebuild this beloved country of ours.
“Accordingly, we must forge on with the task and the mandate that we have been bestowed with. It is time, therefore, to move on with the formidable tasks of nation building ahead of us,” he added.
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