Nationwide Chairman Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) Senator Iyorchia Ayu has vowed to not resign his place as a result of in his view, there’s no purpose to take action.
Ayu acknowledged this in an interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored Wednesday in Abuja.
The previous Senate President additionally mentioned he was elected for a 4-year tenure and had not dedicated any crime to warrant his resignation.
The way it began
Following the emergence of a northerner and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar because the PDP presidential candidate, some main stakeholders sympathetic to Wike’s trigger, felt there was want for the social gathering chair to resign having come from the identical area with Atiku.
Nonetheless, some chieftains of the social gathering, together with former Jigawa state Governor Sule Lamido, had been of the view that laudable as the thought seems, eradicating Ayu as social gathering chair few months to main election may very well be suicidal.
This group cited the election of a northerner, late Presidential Umar Musa Yar’Adua supervised by one other northerner, Colonel Ahmadu Ali.
And however their argument, the pro-Wike supporters insisted the previous varsity trainer ought to resign to permit for fairness, inclusivity and equity within the distribution of social gathering workplaces.
The Wike group, as they’ve come to be identified, grew to become extra embittered after the governor misplaced out within the race for the social gathering’s presidential ticket and likewise as operating mate to the social gathering’s presidential candidate.
There have been numerous efforts to attain some degree of reconciliation, the most recent of which was the London assembly held Thursday final week between Atiku and Wike, over dinner on the Park Lane Carlton Lodge.
The assembly had in attendance Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom, his Oyo counterpart, Seyi Makinde and that of Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu who had been on the aspect of the Rivers state governor.
Previous to the assembly with Atiku, Governor Wike had led his group to comparable however separate conferences with the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Labour Occasion (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Obi’s aspect.
Becoming a member of the assembly on the aspect of Atiku was Adamawa state Governor Ahmed Fintiri.
Though the fighters didn’t temporary journalists after the assembly, sources throughout the social gathering nevertheless mentioned Governor Wike had made up his thoughts to not work for the PDP and its normal bearer in subsequent 12 months’s election.
Ayu blasts Wike
However responding to the demand through the BBC interview, Senator Ayu described these calling for his resignation as boys within the social gathering who have no idea how the PDP was shaped.
Ayu mentioned he was elected by social gathering members based mostly on the rules stipulated by the PDP.
He mentioned social gathering leaders had agreed through the conference that the social gathering wouldn’t contemplate the zone the place the social gathering chairman hailed from when electing the presidential candidate.
“I used to be elected for a tenure of 4 years. I’m even but to finish a 12 months within the workplace. The election of Atiku Abubakar because the presidential candidate didn’t hassle the seat of the social gathering chairman. I gained the election and it’s based mostly on the social gathering’s structure.
“I didn’t commit any offence; I’m dedicated to my work, and I don’t hassle concerning the noise happening,” Ayu mentioned.
On whether or not the disaster may value the PDP victory within the 2023 basic election, former Senate President Ayu mentioned: “I co-founded the PDP in Nigeria and a few boys who don’t know the way we struggled and what we went by can’t trigger issues for the social gathering.
“Once we began the PDP, we didn’t know these boys, they’re youngsters, they don’t know why we based the social gathering. We is not going to agree with one particular person to return and destroy our social gathering.”
Courtroom fixes Sept 14 for go well with towards PDP, Atiku
In a associated improvement, a Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Abuja Wednesday fastened September 14 to listen to a go well with filed by Governor Wike towards the PDP presidential candidate.
Presiding Decide, Justice Ahmed Mohammed fastened the date after granting a movement on discover for an extension of time filed by Priscila Eje, counsel for the PDP, Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Atiku.
The movement was granted after it was not opposed by lawyer to the plaintiffs, Wilfred Okoi.
Prince Michael Ekamon and Governor Wike are 1st and 2nd plaintiffs respectively within the go well with marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022 dated and filed on June 3.
Whereas the PDP is the first defendant, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Tambuwal, and Atiku are 2nd to 4th defendants respectively within the go well with.
The plaintiffs’ counsel instructed the court docket he had been served with a counter affidavit by PDP, Tambuwal and Atiku.
Amongst others, Wike prayed the court docket’s pronouncement declaring him the PDP presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
Whereas Wike got here second behind Atiku through the social gathering’s presidential conference Could, Tambuwal, who was additionally a presidential aspirant, stepped down for Atiku on the final minute.
Though Governor Wike was not too long ago quoted as having nothing to do with the go well with, the social gathering and others had been represented in court docket, besides INEC’s counsel, who was absent through the continuing.