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Politics of Friday, 9 September 2022


PDP leadership tussle: Wike blows hot as Ayu survives onslaught

PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyiochia Ayu, yesterday got a confidence vote after weeks of speculations about whether or not he should retain his seat.

But the decision did not go down well with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who insisted that Ayu must step down. The party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Governor Wike have been at loggerheads over the agitation for Ayu’s removal as the party’s chairman.

The Rivers governor and those sympathetic to his cause are aggrieved, following their perceived marginalization in the scheme of things within the party.

But the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, yesterday, passed a motion to save Ayu at the 97th NEC meeting, in Abuja. NEC is made up of all organs of the party.

This was sequel to a motion by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Ndudi Elumelu.

After expressing gratitude to the Ayu-led National Working Committee, NWC, for steering the ship of the party in the right direction since taking office, Elumelu said: “You (Ayu) have shown maturity. Nigerians are suffering today and PDP is the only solution and that is why it is important for the PDP to unite.

“We must learn to forgive one another. All of us cannot be chairman, presidential candidate. But together we can lead. If only we can be patient, we can lead.

“National cake of Aso Villa is too much for all Nigerians. And this cake means creating the necessary infrastructure for Nigerians, not making fake promises like APC.

“A lot has gone wrong. Let us put behind the anger and move forward. It is the devil that is trying to stop us from winning because they know, in the spiritual realm, we have won.

“We can never be distracted. We must talk to our people to collect their PVCs.

“On behalf of my colleagues, we have decided because the NWC has tremendously performed, our governors are our pride, forget what you are reading. “They are united. I believe they will deliver their states for PDP in 2023. Let me move a motion. I move that a vote of confidence be put before the NWC for their doggedness; forthrightness and professionalism, especially in giving us Osun State and I believe they will give us the Villa in 2023.”

A party chieftain from Kwara State, Ishola Balogun, seconded the motion after he was recognized to do so.


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