Hon. Ladi Adebutu, a People's Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ogun state, has urged River State Governor Nyesom Wike and other disgruntled PDP governors to leave the party and form a new one if they are unwilling to accept Iyorchia Ayu as the party's national chairman.
Adebutu made this claim during a weekend gathering in Abeokuta to Ogun's non-indigenous residents. He said that anyone who could not agree with a party's decision was free to leave or start their party.
"If you can't accept Ayu, leave the PDP and form another party," Adebutu advises Wike
Adebutu said, "Unlike those who don't understand that the party is supreme, that Iyorchia Ayu is our 'oga,' they don't recognize that he has the power to hire and fire, we accept his leadership.
He made a subtle reference to the governor Wike of Rivers, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Sam Ortom of Benue. "Those who don't like your party have a few options, according to several Supreme Court rulings: they can either abide, go and start their party, or leave!
We have decided to follow and obey Ayu's orders. He is our chairman, we all agree. We all concur that Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele, who represents Iyorchia Ayu in Ogun, is our leader there.
We agree to submit ourselves to the party's National Working Committee. Those who do not comply should form their party," he said. Adebutu told Igbo, Hausa, Igede, Ijaw, and Idoma supporters of Atiku in the state that Nigerians are one big family regardless of tribe or religion.
"We are one Nigeria because we are one family speaking different languages, but we are happy together," he explained. So may we continue to live together as one happy family.
"We are delighted that His Excellency, Waziri Atiku Abubakar, has agreed to join us." Undeniably, he is our leader, and we will all work tirelessly to make him President of Nigeria.
He is the bridge builder. We have a responsibility to make him and ourselves proud. "We must keep promoting his ideologies," Adebutu said.
Recalls that Wike and four other PDP governors have insisted that Ayu resign as party chairman or they will not support Atiku Abubakar's presidential bid. They claimed that Ayu had promised to resign if a northerner was chosen as the PDP's presidential candidate.
After Atiku won the PDP primary in May, Wike and his supporters demanded that Ayu resign. Attempts to reconcile them met with resistance.