PDP Crisis: Wike Blasts Ayu Over Ortom Comment

Governor Nyesom Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has berated the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, for claiming he has the power to stop the senatorial ambition of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Recall that the embattled Ayu had said he has the power to stop Ortom’s senatorial ambition and those of others eyeing various positions on the platform of the party.

Reacting while briefing journalists at his private residence in Rumiprikon, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Sunday, Wike dared Ayu to make good his threat..

He accused Ayu of being ungrateful for speaking against Ortom whim he claimed made him the PDP Chairman.

Wike said, “Saying that nobody can sack him does not arise because nobody has said he must be sacked. For you to be sacked, there are procedures for sacking people.

“If at this point, you are a national chairman of a party who has told Nigerians that this is what you will do if this happens and now that it has happened, you are running away from doing that. How do you expect Nigerians to now believe you? How do you convince them to vote for your party when they know you won’t keep to integrity?

“I heard when he said he would have stopped Ortom from running. You see how ungrateful human beings are.

“This was the same Governor Ortom who pleaded with us, and said listen, ‘I can take this risk and let him (Ayu) become the national chairman.’ The governors agreed that no national chairman should come from where a governor comes from.

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“We agreed on that. But Ortom came, and he is a man we respect, he said I want to promote my people. Let them be at the national politics and we said okay, in your honour we will agree.

“This is a man (Ayu) who never campaigned anywhere. This is a man who never bought a form or a poster. Even the money they gave him to print posters, he never printed any posters. Now he is saying he can stop the man who brought him, who became his guarantor.”


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