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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sam Ohuabunwa, has asked the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to resign from his position if it will help end the dispute between the party’s presidential candidate and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Ohuabunwa stated this during an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday.
There have been reports that prior to his election, Ayu allegedly agreed to step down if the party elected a Northerner as its presidential candidate.
However, after the election of Atiku who is a Northerner, Ayu remains in power and maintains he has no intention of stepping down as the party’s national chairman.
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Atiku had defeated Wike in the PDP presidential primary held in Abuja. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State was also preferred over Wike as Atiku’s running mate, an act many people believe is the reason behind the crisis in the party.
Reacting to the crisis, Ohuabunwa said. “I see him [Ayu] as a man of honour.
“If that is what he said, then he should follow the path of honour.
“Even if he didn’t say it, if he is the leader of the party who has brought us to this point, he should make the sacrifice. Do what needs to be done and make sure Nigerians are happy with PDP, members of PDP are happy.
“If he needs to step down for that to happen, he should do so. We need to unify the party.
“This party is bleeding right now,” Ohuabunwa added.