A top Leader and former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, has declared that the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, must leave office.
While insisting on this, George went ahead to give September 28, 2022 as the date when a Southerner should replace Ayu as the PDP National Chairman before the beginning of 2023 presidential campaigns, The Punch reports. It would be recalled that the electoral umpire had fixed September 28 as the date when presidential campaigns can commence openly.
George who has been a staunch supporter of the push for the balance of power between the North and the South in the PDP said Ayu, who is from the northern part of the country, could not continue to be the National Chairman since the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, is from the North. He made this disclosure at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday.
He pointed out that Ayu’s refusal to keep to his initial promise suggested that members of the party in the South were of no importance. However, George insisted that the will of the people must be respected, and the six top offices in the country must be shared equitably because PDP is not a private company. George added that the post of PDP National Chairman must come to the South before they can join the presidential campaign which starts on September 28.