The disaster rocking the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) obtained messier Thursday as Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike lambasted the occasion’s Nationwide Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, for displaying “ingratitude” and “vanity” in spite of everything they did for him.
Governor Wike additionally mentioned he was prepared to assist the occasion lose if Ayu was not ready to work for a peaceable decision of the occasion.
What Ayu mentioned
Ayu had, in an interview Wednesday with BBC Hausa, described these calling for his resignation as youngsters who didn’t know when the occasion was shaped.
“I’ve not violated any guidelines; actually, I’m working to deliver reforms to the occasion. I’m really not bothered by the pointless controversy being generated. Once we began PDP, these youngsters weren’t round. They’re youngsters who have no idea why we shaped the occasion. We is not going to permit any particular person to destabilise our occasion,” Ayu was quoted to have mentioned.
Wike fires again
However, talking on the commissioning of a highway challenge at Omerelu in Ikwerre native authorities space of Rivers state, Governor Wike described Ayu as “an inconsistent prodigal father.”
Wike mentioned the plot to preside over the N14 billion generated throughout primaries was the explanation Ayu refused to resign.
A visibly indignant Wike mentioned: “Yesterday, anyone mentioned the place had been you once they discovered the occasion? As a result of we insisted that the suitable issues should be achieved, we’re boys, we’re youngsters. You may think about what energy can do. You may think about the ingratitude; how individuals may be ingrates of their lives. I assumed as a md of a celebration who needs to win elections, your corporation is to deliver peace to your occasion; your corporation is to not divide your occasion. Your small business is to not present vanity to your occasion.
“Sure, the youngsters introduced you to be chairman of the occasion. The youngsters introduced you from the gutter to make you chairman.”
“Ayu, you had been impeached as Senate President. Ayu, you had been sacked by Obasanjo’s administration. Conceitedness can’t take you wherever. Now, we’ve seen that you simply don’t need the occasion to win the election. We are going to allow you to.
“These boys that introduced you from nothing, from nothing we introduced you. Ayu, you mentioned you based this occasion, however you left the occasion in 2007. You based an organization, you left the corporate. Folks stood and made the corporate what it’s at present. You left together with your shares, so you don’t have any ethical proper.
“You wish to present integrity. You wish to promote a celebration to Nigeria that we wish to take over. You need to persuade Nigerians that we’ve integrity. You’re the driver that may drive the automobile that may convey us to the vacation spot that’s the victory we’re in search of. So, if the motive force has no integrity, honesty how do you persuade Nigerians? If Ayu can’t maintain to vow, is it when the occasion will get to energy he’ll?” the governor queried.
Wike mentioned opposite to the place of a few of his colleagues who wished the workplace of the occasion’s nationwide chairman to be zoned to the south, he stood his floor and canvassed that the north ought to have it.
“Now Nigerians have seen how ungrateful a few of you may be. So, they’re asking if we give these individuals energy, will they be grateful?
“Now that you’ve proven vanity that you simply had been elected, the place did you marketing campaign? Present me your posters in Rivers state, although we gave you cash to go and do posters, however you stored it in your pocket.
“Due to cash we constructed from the occasion primaries, about N14 billion that’s the reason he’s saying, I received’t resign. Nothing extra, simply N14 billion. He needs to preside over the expenditure. You’re referring to the individuals who salvaged the occasion as youngsters due to the N14 billion within the occasion’s account. It is going to end.
“A person who’s inconsistent and ran away from the occasion, telling these of us who spent our time, sleepless nights and made positive that the occasion didn’t go down that we’re youngsters, to these youngsters, you’re the prodigal father,” he mentioned.
Bode George backs governor
Additionally talking on the occasion, former Deputy Nationwide Chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George, mentioned Ayu was fallacious to have described sitting governors as youngsters.
George mentioned the PDP can solely return to Aso Rock if it’s united and never divided.
The occasion chief, who was the particular visitor of honour on the event, described Wike as a robust pillar, a mobiliser, a financier and an actualieer.
He mentioned the governor was solely combating for justice, fairness and equity within the occasion.
George cautioned that the difficulty of the nationwide chairman of the occasion should be addressed earlier than the graduation of the marketing campaign for the 2023 common election.
He mentioned: “It’s an antithesis and towards the norm and tradition of our occasion that our presidential candidate, our nationwide chairman and Chairman of our Board of Trustee (BoT) will come from one part of the nation. Social gathering members from the South are already feeling alienated.
“PDP just isn’t a non-public firm. Earlier than we begin the presidential marketing campaign on the finish of this month, the nationwide chairman should go to the South. That is all that Governor Wike is saying and as a life member of the Board of Trustees, I help this place 100 per cent.
“How will occasion members from the south really feel once they see that in any respect political rallies, southerners haven’t any public political illustration. This constitutes a elementary fault and lack of inclusiveness which is diametrically against the place of the considering of the founding fathers of our occasion. Possibly If Ayu had remained perpetually within the occasion, he would have learnt the ropes a lot better.
“We don’t wish to have a Northern Peoples Democratic Social gathering and a Southern Peoples Democratic Social gathering; we don’t wish to go to the election divided. Don’t allow them to remind us that that is the time for the amalgamation to be revisited. What is sweet for the geese is sweet for the gander. That’s the reason the place of the nationwide chairman should come to the south as a matter of urgency. We aren’t begging for it, we demand it as a result of it’s our proper.”
George lamented the detrimental pattern in nationwide fortune, saying training, agriculture, and finance had been worst hit.
George added: “Kidnapping, raping, killing of the harmless have been a devastating incidence that occurs usually. Terrorists are being granted amnesty and there may be no peace and safety provided that the nation is restructured.”
PDP united -Spokesman
However amid the confusion, the PDP insisted all is properly and no trigger for alarm.
PDP Nationwide Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba acknowledged this Thursday in Abuja whereas talking to journalists.
He mentioned the occasion’s “focus is to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.”
Ologunagba, who described the PDP because the hope of Nigeria, additionally mentioned there had been an upscale in defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to PDP.
He mentioned: “We’re on nearer dialog with some leaders in APC to maneuver to PDP. As a result of PDP is the place the highway is. APC is on life help, it’s dying by installment. We’re prepared for election.”
On the assertion credited to Governor Wike, he mentioned there isn’t a disaster within the PDP, including “points are a part of household and in any political occasion, in political events, we’ve completely different views. However we’ve all resolved that Nigeria is a very powerful subject.
“This occasion respects each member of the occasion. The occasion, even Governor Nyesom Wike, agrees that Nigeria is the difficulty. We have to repair our safety, repair our economic system, curb insecurity and plenty of extra.”
Ologunagba assured that the occasion would carry everyone alongside in all its actions.
“Leaders and stakeholders of the occasion are united on this. The occasion is strong and shifting forward with its programmes to rescue the nation and produce each member on board.
“All of the leaders have agreed and we’re on similar mission. This occasion is on floor, strong, the occasion will win the 2023 election, win majority of the Senate and Home of Representatives,” he added.
In the meantime, a reputable supply within the PDP Thursday advised Blueprint in confidence that the Nationwide Government Committee (NEC) holds subsequent week to approve the 2023 Presidential Marketing campaign Council.
The supply who spoke beneath anonymity, mentioned: “NEC assembly will maintain subsequent week. The NEC will take a look at the Presidential Marketing campaign Council and different necessary points as we go into the marketing campaign”.