Thursday 13 October 2022

Ayu Must Go, Nothing Will Make Me Change My Mind - Wike

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The Rivers State Governor spoke on Wednesday night against speculations that the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar has suspended his campaign for 2023 election over the crises in the party which has persisted over continued stay of Ayu in office.

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said nothing will make him change his mind as he pushes for the removal of Iyorchia Ayu as the chairman of the party.
The Rivers State Governor spoke on Wednesday night against speculations that the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar has suspended his campaign for 2023 election over the crisis in the party which has persisted over continued stay of Ayu in office.
Wike, four governors and some other PDP chieftains in their camp had boycotted the launch of Atiku’s presidential campaign some days ago in Cross River over their demand that Ayu should vacate office in accordance to the zoning policy of the party.
They argued that it is against the zoning policy of the party for a Northerner to hold the presidential ticket and the chairmanship slot of the party.
But Atiku had refused to wholly support the call, while insisting that any plan to removal Ayu must be in line with the party’s constitution.
However, reports indicated that with the boycott of the launch of his campaign, Atiku is planning to send a strong team made up of former Rivers governor Peter Odili, former Senate President David Mark and others to sheathe their words over Ayu.
However, such may be futile in resolving the crises as Wike declared that nobody can convince him to change his stance that the PDP should yield its national Chairman position to Southern Nigeria on Wednesday evening.
Wike, maintained that he cannot be convinced to support the current status quo, where the PDP Presidential candidate, national chairman and the Director-General of the Presidential Campaign council are all from the north.
According to a press statement by Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, Wike made the assertion when he hosted Cross River State PDP governorship, senatorial, House of Representatives, House of Assembly candidates and PDP local government party Chairmen, at his private residence in Rumueprikom.
During the meeting which was also attended by the party’s South-South national vice chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, Wike explained that the seeming intractable crisis in the party had lingered because some vested interests, whom he described as “hyenas and rent seekers,” have remained obstinate and averse to justice, fairness and equity in the party.
“We have finished Presidential primaries, we have a presidential candidate. Is Wike saying remove Presidential candidate? Is Wike saying remove Vice Presidential candidate? So, what are you begging me for? All I am saying, and I will continue to say is that you have taken President, give us (national) Chairman.
“Nobody wants to speak the truth. If I am saying remove the Presidential candidate, if I am saying remove the vice presidential candidate, then you will say why is he doing this.”
According to him, refusal to cede the national chairman position to the South, will be a recipe for crisis.
“He (national chairman) said, if the presidential candidate comes from the north, he will resign , which means he has had this in mind. Now, the thing has come to reality, now resign, no. And people are saying go and talk to Wike.
“I’ve accepted the Presidential candidate, I have accepted the Vice Presidential candidate, what’s the problem again. You, fulfill your part. Let the South have something, that is all I’m preaching. You cannot have presidential candidate, national chairman, director general of the campaign.”
The governor said it is hypocritical for some people in the PDP to criticise Muslim/Muslim ticket, while supporting that a particular region of the country should retain the Presidency for another eight years.
He insisted that for the sake of holistic peace, PDP should adhere to the tenets of its constitution, which explicitly recommends that when a Presidential candidate emerges from the north, the national chairman should be from the South.
The Governor said the clamour for the Chairman of the PDP to be zoned to the South will persist until justice, fairness and equity prevail in the PDP.

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