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Politics of Friday, 2 September 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

8 top political offices Iyorchia Ayu held before he became PDP National Chairman

Iyorchia Ayu is currently the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Iyorchia Ayu is currently the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party

Iyorchia Ayu is currently the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the largest opposition party.

His appointment as chairman was tipped to be the missing ingredient after the bad spell of Prince Uche Secondus, who was forced to resign from the party following allegations of financial misappropriation.

However, that hasn't been the case as his leadership, six months after he was appointed the steer the affairs of the party has been plagued with controversies.

At this point, there have been calls for his resignation due to the emergence of flagbearer Atiku Abubakar.

According to the constitution, the party's top officers i.e the presidential candidate, National Chairman and Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) can not be held by persons of a particular ethnic extraction.

Atiku Abubakar is the presidential candidate, Iyorchia Ayu is the National Chairman and Walid Jibrin is the BoT Chairman - all men are from the North.

While the controversy spurs on in the party, we cast a spotlight on the major political officers held by Ayu in his political career.

- Senator in the Third Republic on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

- Senate President.

- Minister for Education in General Sani Abacha's military government.

- Key campaign administrator to President Olusegun Obasanjo's 1999 campaign.

- Minister of Industry from 1999 to 2000.

- Minister of Internal Affairs in July 2003.

- Minister of Environment in 2005 after reshuffling.

- Head of the campaign to elect Vice President Atiku Abubakar as president on the AC platform in April 2007.

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