The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has insisted that the embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must be removed from office.
This was as the coalition had scheduled to meet with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to present a working road map to final resolution of the crisis.
In a statement on Friday, Ikenga Ugochinyere, spokesman of CUPP, said that Ayu’s removal was not negotiable, stressing that it would help restore the integrity of the PDP and unite the party.
Ugochinyere, also a PDP candidate for Ideato North and South Federal Constituency of Imo State, added that removing Ayu would bring equity in the party, adding that the candidates of the PDP in the South were facing marginalisation.
The corruption and bribery allegations against Ayu have presented a huge credibility problem for the PDP. The removal of Ayu will offer a new confidence in rebuilding the party. I have without number appealed to Ayu and the party’s national secretary, Anyanwu, not to drag the image of the party into the mud and cried at the briefing that PDP is facing a marketing challenge with Ayu still in office.
“Ayu is a man who is arrogant, divisive, abuses due process and is unfit to remain in office,” he said.