Some state branches of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have differed on the campaign for the removal of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

While the Lagos State PDP Deputy Chairman, Benedict Tai, and the Zamfara State Chairman, Col. Bala Mande (rtd) stressed that Ayu should not be removed because it might pose a distraction to the party, the Kwara State PDP spokesperson, Tunji Moronfoye, was neutral on the matter.

However, the Oyo State PDP spokesperson, Akeem Olatunji, urged Ayu to resign from his position in the interest of the party and to achieve regional balance.

Tai said that Wike should not be allowed to be the “Alpha and Omega” of the party by influencing the removal of the national chairman of the party.

While urging Wike to “fall in line” and engage the party, he said the governor might likely work against the PDP for the Labour Party if he could not remove Ayu from office.

In the same vein, Mande said Wike was not empowered by the constitution of the nation and the party to remove Ayu as party chairman.

He also warned that the “distraction” caused by the clamour for Ayu’s removal might “work against the success of the party in the election year.”

Meanwhile, Moronfoye argued that the internal wrangling within the PDP was a reflection of the vibrant democracy in the party.

He stressed that Wike should be allowed to negotiate his place within the party hierarchy.

However, Olatunji urged Ayu to step down in the interest of the PDP.

Credit: Punch.

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