Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, has backed the call by Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, that Iyorcha Ayu, the national chairman of the main Nigerian opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must resign from his position.
“The message from South West PDP is the South-West is asking that NWC of PDP should be restructured. We are asking the National Chairman to step down so that the South will feel included. That is the message,” Governor Makinde said at the South-West PDP stakeholders’ meeting with the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
Both Makinde and Wike have been more vociferous against the national chairman of the PDP, asking for a restructuring of the party.
“If we want to restructure Nigeria, we must have the willingness to bring inclusivity to PDP. Do we have the capacity? The answer is resounding ‘yes’”.
While welcoming the PDP presidential candidate, Makinde described Atiku as “the incoming President of Nigeria in 2023.”
“The truth is that we do not have any issue either with our party or our candidate. If there are challenges they must be tabled,” he said.
“We are supposed to give hope to our people; we want them to listen to us. Our party wants to rescue Nigeria, and our candidate is a unifier. He wants to restructure Nigeria.
“Eight years of APC has left us sharply divided. The issue is we must practise what we preach. If we want to unify Nigeria, we must unify PDP first.”