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 Bode George Calls for Ayu’s Resignation

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, has blasted the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, stating that his utterances show how “immature” he is.

George spoke alongside Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike at the opening of the Omerelu Internal Roads in the state’s Ikwerre Local Government Area.

Before the 2023 elections, the dispute over the party’s chairmanship needs to be settled, according to a life member of the PDP Board of Trustees.

“When a serving national chairman of our party is calling elected governors that they are children. Does he think that children don’t grow? Or is there a life perpetual on him? We need to watch our language. It shows to me that it is him who is immature,” he said on Thursday.

George agreed with Wike that Ayu should resign from his job so a southerner could take it.

“We are not begging for it; we demand it because it is our right,” he said.

He argued that it is unfair that the PDP chairman, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, and PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jibrin, are all from the north.

Recall that in October 2021 Ayu had said he would gladly step aside “if the PDP says I should step down once a presidential candidate emerges and happens to be in the north.” 

However, Ayu insisted on Wednesday that he would not retire. He said: “I was voted as PDP national chairman to serve for four years. I am not even a year old on the position,” the former lawmaker told BBC Hausa. “I have not violated any rules; in fact, I am working to bring reforms to the party. I am truly not bothered by the unnecessary controversy being generated.”

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