A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Bode George, has kicked against the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, presiding over the Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting meant to decide his future as leader of the PDP.
Speaking on Channels Television Sunday Politics, the PDP chieftain said it does not make judicial sense for Ayu, who is the centre of the crisis rocking the main opposition party, to be a judge in his own case.
“And the shocking part of it, when I saw it on television, I saw that Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the party, who was the centre of the issue, was sitting as a judge in his own case,” he maintained.
“Does that make any judicial sense? You are discussing him; he is sitting as if he was the one moderating. That is not the way things are done. I don’t know what the factual analysis is. All we were told was that Ayu made a promise and he must honour his promise.”
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He also said that it is likely that the Acting Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) has not presented the exact resolution of the committee during the meeting with Ayu.
The BoT led by Wabara had asked Ayu to assure members that he will resign after the 2023 general election during a reconciliatory meeting with him.
“The board of trustees met, and we are told by one group that what they recommended was not what the acting board of trustees chairman said on the day they are presenting the report.
“So, what is going on? For example, I wasn’t invited to the meeting. I am a life member of the Board of Trustees.
“On that day, we were told again that was not what was said. What was said was that Ayu should make a promise that when the elections are over, he will leave, that he will make that promise. My goodness, time is of the essence. Nobody is going to wait for us.”
The crisis that has engulfed the PDP is sending the wrong messages to Nigeria about the affairs of the party, according to him.
Chief Bode, a former National Vice Chairman of the PDP, South-West, is part of the group led by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. The group has insisted that Ayu must resign before the presidential election, arguing that both the National Chairman and the presidential candidate of the party cannot come from the North.
Ayu has, however, remained adamant, insisting that he will not resign.