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Politics of Wednesday, 29 March 2023


PDP Crisis: Don't rejoice yet - Dino Melaye slams Wike, G-5 Governors after Ayu step-aside as National Chairman

A photo collage of Dino Melaye and Wike A photo collage of Dino Melaye and Wike

The Spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Dino Melaye has reacted to the suspension of Iyorchia Ayu, the party's National Chairman.

Dino said that Ayu's decision to step aside as National Chairman and obey the court order was a testament that the largest opposition party's belief in the supremacy of the law.

The former lawmaker who represented Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly warned the Governor Nyesom Wike-led Integrity Group not to be too fast in celebrating because “Ayu did not resign; he only stepped aside in obedience of a court order.”

He stressed that Ayu reserves the right to seek legal redress.

He continued, “Ayu has the right to seek legal redress and I am sure that is an option he would explore. Ayu did not resign; he only stepped aside. He will bounce back and for the G-5 governors, we tell them not to rejoice yet because the music has just started.

“This is no celebration time for them. By this move, the party and the chairman have both demonstrated that they are law-abiding. Whether the ex parte order was well procured, purchased or induced, Ayu decided to obey it as a law-abiding citizen. There is no point in taking the laws into our hands.’’

Speaking further, Melaye noted, “While this crisis lasted, Governor Wike kept repeating that he and his group wanted the chairmanship of the party to go to the South but in compliance with the constitution of the party, the position has remained in the North. Now, has this helped their cause?”