A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) group, Rebrand 8 has called for the resignation of the party Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
The group made the call in a statement issued on Thursday and signed by its national chairman, Prince Benedict Onyewuenyi.
It urged Ayu to resign in order to allow the party “move forward” ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The statement read in part “We the members of the Peoples Democratic Party Rebrand 8 group on Affiliate arm of the Party had watched with keen interest the lingering and continuous crisis in the leadership circle of the Party and have resolved to weigh in as usual to finding and proffering a possible solution to end the public disaster.
“As the conveners of the PR8 Group, whose agenda is to make peace and to contribute to rebranding the Party as virile opposition with the aim of building back the confidence of our Party members and Nigerians alike towards winning the 2023 general elections, we do not feel that the internal crisis rocking the Party is hygienic enough especially having suffered as opposition since the past seven and a half years.
“Indeed, the prevailing crisis in our Party has resuscitated the reality that you do not run away from problems, you face them. We should not spank ourselves from what we did not do right and we cannot solve our problems by going about unbagged and ululating, we must move forward.
“The position of the National Chairman of our Party has raised a lot of fray nerves since the Chairman’s public proclamation that he will resign should the Presidential candidate come from the North, especially Alh. Atiku Abubakar before the Party’s special National Convention. We, therefore, suggest he toes the step of honour to resign and a replacement should be made, going by the rotation of the Chairmanship seat to the South and the Presidential seat to the North as reflected in the Party bye-law.
“The Party controls a formidable structure to win the 2023 General Elections and we do not wish to lose it Therefore, the NEC and the BOT should take the bold step to restore dignity and also the confidence reposed on us by Nigerians to take over from the APC whose government has plunged the country into extreme poverty, hardship and insecurity to the threat of lives and property.
“We are confident that this bold step will restore Peace, and will also reassure our country’s people that we are the Party to reclaim power come 2023. Let the wish of the people Stand, thank you”.