Our attention has been drawn to the positions made at a press briefing granted by a group of attention-seeking youths masquerading as the PDP South-West Integrity Youth Group (PS-WIYG) in Akure where the group declared in support of the agitation of the G-5 Governors on the ground that it reinforces the principle of equity, justice, and fairness.

Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have dignified the attention-seeking adventure of the group with a response but for the sake of the undiscerning public who might want to take their self-seeking outing for objectivity, it becomes highly imperative for us to address the issues raised.

The Peoples Democratic Party, as enshrined in its constitution has a character built around democratic tendencies and administrative procedures, this is to say that the Party has democratic laid-down procedures in administering its affairs.

The Party in its constitution has provided means for aggrieved party faithful to ventilate their grievance and sort for resolution. To us in the PDP, convention and double-standard morality cannot override our laws.

The position of our Presidential Candidate, H.E Atiku Abubakar, to the demand for the resignation of the Party’s National Chairman, Sen Iyorchia Ayu, by the G-5 Governors is clear, he has said on several occasions that he has no constitutional power as the candidate of the Party to order the Chairman to resign, and as such advised the Governors to explore a means empowered by the constitution to press their demands.

H.E Atiku Abubakar in his commitment to the resolution of the crisis said in a recent interview that he has met with the group five times to discuss possible means to see an end to the crisis and that he is waiting for them to act on their resolve.

The principle of equity, fairness, and justice on which the agitation of the G-5 Governors hinge is unambiguous, will it be a fair, equitable, and just treatment on the person of the National Chairman to be unceremoniously removed as the chairman of the Party when he has not committed any crime that demands such treatment.

It’s public knowledge that the emergence of the National Chair is a creation of the PDP Governors, the question now is what has changed? Will the G-5 Governors embark on their agitation if the leader of the group, Gov. Nyesome Wike of Rivers State was chosen to be the running mate to the PDP Presidential Candidate, H.E Atiku Abubakar? Is Governor Wike or any of agitating crew more southern than the likes of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, Gov. Emmanuel Udom, Gov. Diri Duoye, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Gov. Ademola Adeleke, and others?

The agitation of the G-5 Governors more than the Southern interest it said to protect looks more like a self-serving agenda, should they now allow their personal interest to stop them from contributing their quota to Nigeria’s recovery agenda as presented by the PDP, the answer by any well-meaning Nigeria is No.

Nigeria is obviously on the cliff edge and the input of all Nigerians is needed to rescue the ship from capsizing, H.E Atiku Abubakar has expressed his total commitment to bring every intending person on board to deliver the country from the misrule of the APC, it is on the basis that will urge the PDP SOUTH-WEST INTEGRITY YOUTH GROUP, if it, however, has a valid existence to urge the G-5 Governors to show commitment to the reconciliatory moves made by the PDP Presidential Candidate, H.E Atiku Abubakar and join the train as we set to recover Nigeria for progress.

Ifedayo Bamidele,
Director of Media and Publicity,
Ondo PDP New Generation.


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