former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu has revealed has opened up on why the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar cannot remove the National party chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Momodu spoke on Thursday while reacting to the crisis rocking the party after Governor Nyesom Wike’s team pulled out of PDP presidential campaign council.
He said those calling on Atiku to unilaterally axe the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, were being unfair to the former Vice President.
Momodu explained that those calling on Atiku to facilitate Ayu’s removal from office know that the party’s flagbearer cannot unilaterally remove Ayu from his position.
He said it was time for those in Wike’s camp to forgive the perceived injustice and work in unison in ensuring the victory of the party.
“It (forgiveness) is nothing new. It is recognised in every religion that when people offend you and come to you – which I think Atiku has done – the rest is within the party and the aggrieved members.
“My own worry is that we seem to the putting so much pressure on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar like he can unilaterally remove the chairman of the party. Even If he (Atiku) should do that, a lot of us will feel vilified. He cannot do it (remove Ayu) and all he can do is speak with Dr. Ayu and we don’t know what is going on between all of them.
“I know nobody will want to be seen in that light. Like anytime Governor Wike says you must go, you must go. It is a psychological thing as well for the party. It doesn’t work that way. Some of these things we have discussed privately with some of our party members and we believe that nobody should attempt to make our candidate look so weak or like someone that just can be pushed around.
“I mean, can I go to Governors Wike’s state and just tell him to go and sack the state’s party chairman? He doesn’t have the power to do so. It can’t happen. So, that is my position.”