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The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has insisted that the embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, must be removed from office.

This was as the coalition has scheduled to meet with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to present a working road path to final resolution of the crisis.

In a statement released on Friday, CUPP spokesman Ikenga Ugochinyere stated that the removal of Ayu was not negotiable and emphasised that doing so would assist the PDP mend divides and restore its integrity.

Ayu’s dismissal will bring about parity in the party, according to Ugochinyere, a PDP candidate for Ideato North and South Federal Constituency in Imo State. He also noted that PDP candidates in the South were being marginalized.

“The corruption and bribery allegations against Ayu have presented a huge credibility problem for PDP, the removal of Ayu will offer a new confidence in rebuilding the party. I have times without number appealed to Ayu and the party’s national secretary, Anyanwu not to drag the image of the Party to the mud and cried at the briefing that PDP is facing marketing challenges with Ayu still in office.

“Ayu is a man who is arrogant, divisive, abuses due process and unfit to remain in office”, he said.