It could be recalled that, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, in an interview with Vanguard Newspaper on 24th October 2021 stated that in an event the Party’s flag bearer emerged from the North he will resign.
In the interview. Ayu was asked “If PDP should pick its presidential candidate from the North, will you give up your position to ensure the geopolitical balancing in the party?” Ayu replied that: “Luckily, party positions are not tied to the position of executive and legislative positions. However, I’m a very democratic person and I will do everything to promote the interest and image of my party.
He further stated that if the PDP says I should step down after a presidential candidate emerges and happens to be from the North, I will be very glad to do so because what we want is to take over the government and run the government in the interest of Nigerians. So, I’ll sacrifice anything to ensure that my party wins.”
Others also said during the meetings with PDP governors that led to his selection as national chairman, Ayu was made to sign an undertaking that if the presidential candidate emerges from the North, he will resign from his position to pave way for a new national chairman from the South.
Following the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), some stakeholders of the party are demanding the resignation of Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman. Some stakeholders of the party, reporte said based on the PDP’s zoning arrangement, both the national chairman and the presidential candidate cannot come from the same zone.
With the chameleon style of Nigeria’s politicians, who have penchant for breaking promises and pacts. Nigerians and most especially the PDP faithful are closely watching Ayu to resign. This should be on either moral grounds or through other means. This is to solely balance the Party leadership configuration ahead of 2023 general polls.