Structures aiding conflicts must be dismantled – Atiku

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The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has called for joint efforts in dismantling structures threatening unity in Nigeria and among Nigerians.

This is coming hours after the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party deepened on Wednesday as Governor Nyesom Wike’s team pulled out of Atiku’s campaign council.

The members announced their decision to pull out of the council following a meeting early on Wednesday morning in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

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They insisted that the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, must resign for them to rescind their decision.

But in a series of tweets to commemorate the International Day of Peace 2022, Atiku said there can only be peace when there is unity.

He wrote, “As we commemorate the International Day of Peace 2022, we are reminded that only with unity can there be peace and that we all play a vital role in fostering it.

“Rather than fuel conflicts amongst ourselves, it is crucial that we jointly dismantle the structures that entrench these conflicts in our midst. -AA.”

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Rising from their meeting in Port Harcourt earlier on Wednesday, the pro-Wike group maintained there was no going back on the call for Ayu’s resignation as the national chairman of the party.

in a resolution read by former deputy national chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, after a long meeting held at Governor Wike’s private residence, near Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

“We resolve that we are deeply concerned by the division in our party. We are aware that over the years our party has developed conflict resolution mechanisms that guarantee inclusiveness.

“The published presidential campaign council list translates to putting the cat before the horse. The pertinent issue remains the resolution of the leadership which is a departure of

“Senator Iyorchia Ayu must resign as the National Chairman of the party for an acting Chairman of the Southern Nigerian extraction to emerge and lead the party on the national campaign.

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“Consequently, we resolve not to participate in the campaign council in whatever capacity until the resignation of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.”

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