Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday said he wants Iyorchia Ayu to remain the National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party to remain in office and lead the party to electoral victory in 2023.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Nathaniel Ikyur, disclosed this in a statement , saying his principal worked for Iyorchia Ayu to become the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and therefore can’t work to remove him from office.
Ikyur in a statement on Monday said, “It is an open secret that Governor Ortom worked tirelessly, alongside other prominent Benue citizens to ensure that Dr. Ayu gets elected as the national chairman of our great party even against all odds. He cannot therefore turn around to work against him to be removed from office.
“In the run up to the National Convention, Governor Ortom got the backing of many leaders of the PDP who believed his sense of judgment when he vouched for the integrity and capacity of Dr Iyorchia Ayu to lead and rebuild the PDP to victory and rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the APC maladministrarion.
“That is why Ayu was returned unopposed by the Northern caucus of the party and got elected as the national chairman of the PDP at the party’s convention.”
The governor’s aide was reacting to a statement credited to an Abuja-based group, Jemgbagh Development Association, alleging that Ortom has a hand in the current travails of Ayu in PDP.
Recall that governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and members of his camp has been calling for Ayu’s resignation since after the PDP presidential primary, which they say he manipulated in favour of the eventual winner Atiku Abubakar. Ortom was a member of that camp.
They also argue that both the presidential flagbearer and Party chairman cannot come from the same region of the country (north).
Ayu had refused to resign.