The division in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on whether the party national chairman Iyorchia Ayu should resign his position or not has further polarised the party as those in support of Ayu retaining his position says his resignation will do more harm to the party.
Speaking on the development, a chieftain of the party and former lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Lagos, Dr Adetokunbo Pearse said Governor Nyesom Wike and others asking Ayu to resign hn do not mean well fpr the party because it would create more problem for the party.
“I agree with those who said Ayu should not step down because if Ayu does, it will create more problem for the party at this point in time, when we are getting ready for an election, we will be sending a wrong signal to party members and the electorates in general, that we are not stable we don’t know what we are doing, a lot of people will be angry, so let us manage it as it is now.
On the allegation that Ayu said he would resign if a northerner should emerge as the party candidate Pearse said Ayu never said he was going to step down, the way Wike and others are putting it.
“What Ayu said categorically is that he would step down if the party says he should step down. If it is in the best interest of the party for him to step down, he would step down. It is the National Executive Committee (NEC) that is the highest authority in the party.’’