Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has given a condition for his resignation if major stakeholders are adamant about his exit.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Ayu had found himself at the centre of the face-off between the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar; and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, which is tearing the PDP apart, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
We gathered that Wike’s camp has demanded that Ayu relinquish his position so that the party can elect a new chairman from the southern part of the country.
In a resolution that seemed to imply that Ayu has bowed to pressure to step down, sources said on Friday night that the Benue-born politician is ready to quit, but only if all members of the National Working Committee (NWC) from the South swap their current positions with those from the North, considering the PDP presidential standard-bearer, Atiku, hails from the core north.
However, Ayu’s proposal has been rejected by many party leaders who fear that ‘their candidates’ in the NWC will lose their positions and influence.
This news medium gathered that some party leaders have started making a u-turn to prevail on Wike and some governors to allow Ayu to remain in office till after the 2023 presidential election.