The candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential Flagbearer of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election is on the verge of hitting the rocks.
This is as the chairman of the board of trustees (BoT) of the PDP, Walid Jibrin said It is unfair for the opposition party to have both its presidential candidate and the national chairman from the northern region of the country, Channels TV reports.
During an interview with the online newspaper on Sunday, Jibrin categorically stated:
“To tell the truth, it will not be fair for the president of Nigeria to be from the north, the chairman of the party from the north, and the BoT chairman from the north.”
In light of this, Jibrin noted that the national caucus, BoT, and the national executive committee of the opposition party will convene a meeting soon and make recommendations on the issue.
The PDP Stalwart said the leadership of the party, based on the report, will set things in order and the needful in the general interest of all and sundry.
He said: “By next week, we will get the report. And when we find out that somebody is wrong in what has happened we will come up openly to tell the party that it is wrong. Whatever we can do, we will do it in the interest of the party to make the party remain as PDP.”
Meanwhile, the former deputy national chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George, has appeal to the standard bearer of the party, Atiku Abubakar to reach a peaceful resolution with the aggrieved Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.
The PDP chieftain further urged Governor Wike not to kill the zeal he has for the party stating that his commitment has proven effective over time.
While still dwelling on party affairs, Chief George urged the incumbent PDP national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to vacate the chairmanship seat and stay true to his words as he has earlier promised.
George referred to Ayu’s promise when he stated that he will resign his position as chairman if the party’s presidential ticket is zoned to the north.
The presidential primaries of the PDP however produced a northern candidate in Atiku Abubakar and since then Ayu has retained his seat as the chairman of the party.
George said: ”I aspired to serve as national chairman but had to bury the ambition when it was not zoned to the South West, contrary to the expectation of party faithful in the region.
”Ayu once said if the presidential candidate should emerge from the North, he will 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.