Bode George, a leader in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has stressed that the party’s national chairman must be from the south.
George’s remark was made at a time when the party was in turmoil due to the results of the PDP presidential primary and the selection of a vice presidential candidate.
In light of the fact that Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s chairman, is also a northerner like Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, there have been demands for him to honor his pledge and step down from his post as PDP national chairman.
The PDP national chairman, however, has reiterated that he will serve out the remainder of his term, labeling those demanding for his resignation as “babies”.
Speaking on Thursday during the groundbreaking for road projects in Rivers state’s Ikwerre LGA, George, criticized Ayu for his recent remark.
Ayu is being “immature” with his attitude, according to the former deputy national chairman of the party, who also suggested that given the current situation, a southerner should lead the PDP.
According to the former deputy national chairman of the party, Ayu is “immature,” and given the current situation in the PDP. He stated that the chairman should be from the south.
“You see, hear when a serving national chairman of our party is calling elected governors children. Does he think that children don’t grow? Or there is a life perpetual on him? We need to watch our language. It shows to me that it is him that is immature,” he said.
The party chieftain continued by saying that the PDP can only retake the presidential villa, if it is unified in its opposition to the internal crises.
“As we prepare to begin campaigning for 2023 general election at the end of this month, we must be united in our determination to ensure that the PDP returns to the presidential villa in Abuja on May 29, 2023, and by the grace of God and the will of the people, that will happen.
“But we can only go back to Aso Rock if we united and not divided. Some people are abusing governor Wike, that he’s a troubleshooter. Those abusing him, as an elder as a father in this party, I’m directing them that they must stop immediately, because governor Wike is only fighting for justice, equity and fairness in our party.
“He is not only a strong pillar in this party, but a mobiliser, financier and actualiser. Since he joined the PDP, he has not left this party. I am also a founding father of the party, and since 1998, I have not left this party. What we are saying is that the issue of the national chairman of PDP must be addressed before the commencement of the campaign for the 2023 elections.”