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Ayu: Atiku’s candidacy against PDP’s constitution — Bode George

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A former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olabode George, on Friday, said that had the party stuck religiously to its principle of zoning, its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, wouldn’t have become its standard bearer.

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He said the former vice president was allowed to contest, and eventually won the presidential ticket based on an in-house agreement that opposed the provision of the party’s constitution.

George, who is a former military governor of Ondo State, stated this while appearing on Arise TV, in response to those faulting the calls for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

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The PUNCH on May 28, 2022, reported that Atiku emerged as the PDP presidential candidate after polling 371 votes at the party’s presidential convention.

He defeated the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who scored 237 votes. Other aspirants with the number of votes polled include Bukola Saraki – 70; Sam Ohuanbunwa – 1; Anyim Pius Anyim – 14; Udom Emmanuel – 38 votes; Bala Mohammed – 20.

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But there had been growing calls among the PDP stalwarts spearheaded by Wike, asking Ayu to step down from the position to allow peace and stability in the party.

The PUNCH had on Thursday reported that Gorge during a press conference in Lagos called for Ayu’s resignation while making a case for the position to be filled by a southerner.

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But defending his call for Ayu’s resignation on Friday, George said it was surprising that some party members are advocating for the anti-Ayu group to respect the constitutional provision that supports a new chairman to emerge from the same zone as Ayu even if he (Ayu) resigns.

The elder statesman explained that if the party members can abandon the constitution and allow all zones to contest when in fairness the presidency should have been zoned to another region aside from the north, then the same can apply to Ayu’s situation for another chairman to come from the south.

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He said, “On the issue of constitutionality, I referred you to the fact that our party’s constitution explicitly states and I quote: “there will be zoning and rotation of elective offices and party offices” and if we had stuck rigidly to that, there was no chance for Atiku to have emerged as the presidential candidate.

“So, when it suits you, you can refer to the constitution and when it doesn’t suit you, you can back away from the constitution. If we all on moral suasion purpose, and during a family discussion we agreed that look, people have been canvassing, spending money and going round from the last six months and since there was no definitive selection or zoning of whether it should come from the north, south, west or east, let us allow this to go now, the same principle is what will happen for Ayu.

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“If we could accept the issue (sideline constitution provision) for a presidential candidate to come from any zone then, which is against what is in our constitution, then what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

On this premise (Ayu’s resignation), we can do that again. Allow us for this period to do that because no matter what happens, at the end of the election, whether we win or we don’t win, there will be a convention to revisit the whole thing about these positions.

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“They (those backing Ayu’s chairmanship) are making it look as if it is rigidity. We bent the constitution based on moral suasion purposes, justice, and equity to allow all the zones to contest and now when the same issue comes up to allow the south to produce the national chairman, they are now saying no, it will go against the constitution.

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Osinbajo Was Approached To Play A Prominent Role In APC Campaign Team, He Declined — Ondo Lawmaker

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The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) on Friday released the comprehensive list of their Presidential Campaign team, and in the list the name of the Vice President, His Excellency Prof Yemi Osinbajo was omitted as it could not be found.

However, a verifiable source who happens to be an Ondo State Lawmaker, Tomide Akinribido, who is a honorable member, Ondo State House Of Assembly and also a 2023 Candidate, Ondo West Constituency 1, released a statement via his twitter handle where he noted that Prof Yemi Osinbajo was approached to play a prominent role in the APC campaign team, especially among the Christian Community, he decided and stated that he cannot do such in good conscience.

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Quoting the Indo State Lawmaker, he said, “VP Osinbajo was approached to play a prominent role in the APC Campaign team, especially among the Christian Community, he declined and stated that he cannot do such in good conscience”.

Below is the screenshot of the original statement released by the Ondo State lawmaker via his twitter handle;

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Just In: Charly Boy, other Obidients shut down Abuja in one million man march+Video

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Music icon, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy and other Obidients on Saturday shut down Abuja in a one million man march for Labour Party.

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Naijablitznews.com reports the one million man march took off from Asokoro heading towards Maraba in Abuja to drum support for Peter Obi and LP.

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HAPPENING NOW: Obidients take over Abuja major roads+ Video/Photos

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Youths on Saturday took over the major road warehousing Secretariat and National Assembly Complex in a trending video online.

Naijablitznews.com reports the youths and members of the Labour Party in a peaceful manner are approaching the Transcorp Hotel axis chanting Obi’s name.

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