The governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Ladi Adebutu, has asked the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and others who are opposed to Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the National Chairman of the PDP to leave the party.
At a gathering in Abeokuta where he addressed non-indigenes resident in Ogun State, Adebutu asked those who could not abide by the decisions of the party to feel free to leave or form their own party.
Adebutu, in veiled reference to Wike and other members of the G5, said: “Unlike those that don’t understand that the party is supreme, that Iyorchia Ayu is our oga (boss), they don’t recognise that he has the power to hire and fire, we accept his leadership.
“By the Supreme Court judgements severally pronounced, those that don’t like your party have a few choices. They can either abide, go and form their own party or get out! We have chosen to abide and obey Ayu’s dictates.
“We agree that he is our chairman. We agree that Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele is our leader in Ogun and he is representing Iyorchia Ayu. We agree to submit ourselves to the National Working Committee of the party. Those that don’t abide should go and form their own party.”
Adebutu told the Igbo, Hausa, Igede, Ijaw, Idoma and other tribes who were there to declare support for Atiku and other PDP candidates that Nigerians remain one big family regardless of tribe or religion.
He said: “We are one Nigeria because we are one family speaking different languages; but we are happy together. May we continue to live together as one family and be happy.
“We are happy that we have somebody joining us together, His Excellency, Waziri Atiku Abubakar. It is not in dispute that he is our leader and we shall all work hard to make him the president of Nigeria.
“He is the unifier. We have a duty to do him proud and do ourselves proud. We must continue to promote his ideologies,” Adebutu said.
In their remarks, leaders of Hausa, Igbo and other ethnic groups pledged to mobilise no fewer than four million votes for the presidential candidate of the PDP to win the 2023 election.
The leader of the Igbo community in Ogun State, Kinsley Chukwuleta, who spoke on behalf of the other tribes, described Atiku as the most experienced candidate who can fix Nigeria and return the country to the path of greatness.
Chukwuleta said: “We came out to support him (Atiku) because we know he has the experience, he has been to Aso Villa before as the Vice President of Nigeria and if he becomes the President, he will unite Nigeria.
“In Ogun state here, Atiku is going to get 4 million votes from us. He has the experience, he has been there before, he is not new to the system, he can fix things quick and he can make Nigeria one.”