From Noah Ebije, Kaduna
The Director, Directorate of politics and governance, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), North west zone, Apostle Abayomi Adekoya has said that the national chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu should sacrifice his position for overriding national interest in order for peace to reign in the party.
PDP has been in intra party crisis following the emergence of its presidential candidate for the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, which has necessitated calls for the resignation of Ayu since two of come from the North.
Consequently, the Rivers state governor,
Nyesom Wike has been in the forefront, agitating for the immediate removal the national chairman, but Ayu remains adamant on ground that he has four years in office as an elected national chairman of the party.
However, in an interview, Apostle Adekoya advised that doctrine of necessity should be obeyed, adding that personal interest should give way to national interest which is not too great sacrifice for Ayu to make.
The Clergy man however, described governor Wike as a straight forward person, with high integrity who believes in a course and fights for such course, adding that the likes of Wike are few in the country.
“The issue of the national chairman of PD; should he go,or should he stay, and it is all about equity, justice and fairness. I am not a politician, but they say every human being is a political animal. I understand what is going on; we lead the people, what we hear, we know what we see. You understand what I am trying to say. We are about to begin the election; you cannot have all the ways, give us something, no matter how little. There is always horse trading, bargaining, there is what is called balance of error, balance of power. That is where Nigeria state has failed. When power is tilted towards a particular section and interest, there is always a reaction which is normal. When you push people to the wall, they will get to a point and react. That is what is currently going on in the nation.
“Even though the Constitution is there, it also provides for the doctrine of necessity. And I also think the Constitution itself talks about the balance of power. Power must not be seen to tilt towards a particular direction. The Constitution provides for every segment, evey strata, the society to be involved in the governance of the nation. To that degree it is convenient for everybody.
“Even the Constitution of Nigeria does agree that nothing should be done to be seen that some people are excluded from governance. You have the chairman from the North, Vice chairman from the North, the Presidential candidate from the North, the BoT Chairman from the North stepped down recently. There is something fundamentally wrong with us Nigerians.
“I watched a documentary not long ago about a woman who died because they could not take care of her at an emergency situation. And the health minister of that country resigned. If your position is for the people, there is no sacrifice that is too great to make. If it is for the interest of the people, there is no sacrifice that is too great to make.
“Somebody has said that governor Wike ought not to be a politician; that he is somebody who is forthright, he is a straight forward person, it is a question of integrity. We have a very few of such persons in the nation that believes in a course, fight for the course and follow the course.
“If you ask Wike to bend, for how long shall we continue to be bending, because evil will thrives if we continue to bend. Evil will continue to thrive when good people keep quiet. Nobody has been asked to the best of my knowledge that what Wike is asking for is not correct. Everybody has said, yes he is correct, but the timing. I am saying there is no better time to correct an abnormality than now. Because we are talking about equity, justice and fairness. And that is what the Constitution of the nation is based on. If there is no equity justice and fairness, there can be no progress”. Apostle Adekoya said.