Ayu gets vote of confidence, Wike dismisses action

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Iyorchia Ayu’s position as the National Chairman of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been secured by the National Executive Committee (NEC) after it passed a vote of confidence on his leadership.

Ayu who is a running battle with the governor of Rivers state over the outcome of the party’s presidential primaries secured his seat after the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Ndudi Elumelu moved the motion which was seconded by Ishola Balogun Fulani, a member from Kwara State.

The confidence vote was sequel to the resignation of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) Senator Walid Jibrin and his replacement with a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara.

Elumelu premised the motion for the confidence vote on the performance of the Ayu-led National Working Committee (NWC) in winning the last Osun governorship election.

In his reaction, the Rivers State governor, Nyesome Wike has turned down the vote of confidence passed on Ayu as he berated the resignation of the BoT chairman, described it as an insult to the southerners.

The governor, during the inauguration of the Ahoada campus of Rivers State University on Thursday said Atiku and other party members agreed that Ayu should resign to give way for a southerner to emerge.

“I told Nigerians before that at the appropriate time, I am going to speak. So, let me reveal it small to you so that you people will know the kind of country we are and you will begin to ask yourself, am I part of this country?

“Ayu said he will resign if a northerner emerges as PDP presidential candidate. When the Northern PDP caucus met in the house of the Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed in Abuja he said so.

“After the National Convention, the candidate of the party came to see me in my house in Abuja on Monday around 10:30 am, he told me that he wants us to work together and then he said Ayu must go. I asked why, he said because when a candidate comes from the North, the chairman of the party will come from the South.

“So, all I am saying is that you implement what you told me. What offence have I committed? It is not about Wike, it is about the integrity of the people who want to lead us.

“I challenge the PDP presidential candidate to deny this. If he denies this, I will go further to say other things to Nigerians because enough is enough.

“They told the Chairman of the PDP BoT to resign, who is talking about the Chairman of BoT? What is the role of the BoT? BoT is an advisory body; BoT is not a decision-making body.

“As it is today, the chairman of the party, presidential candidate and president as the case may be, are those who will sit down and take a decision. And the Chairman is from the North, and the candidate is from the North, so who will represent the South in decision-making?” the governor further said.

Adolphus Wabara

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