The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has told his people in Gboko, Benue State that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party had assured him, as a friend, that he will wipe away the tears of the Tiv people.
Ayu said this while addressing his kinsmen of Jemgba ethnic group at his residence in the Gboko area of Benue State, boasting that nobody would remove him from office.
The national chairman had been accused of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers of favouring Atiku during the PDP presidential primary in May, and had been calling on him to step down as a result, and also because he (Ayu) comes from the same region of the country like the presidential candidate.
Wike and ther five PDP governors in his camp, argue that such an arrangement does not augur well with internal democracy.
However, Ayu had vehemently rebuffed the call.
He has now reassured his Gboko people that there was nothing to worry about over the call for him to vacate office.
The PDP chairman said, “The PDP is one and not divided. I am trying my best not to disappoint Benue people and Nigerians in general. So if you hear that they want to chase Ayu out as national chairman, don’t be worried; nobody is going to sack me as national chairman of our party. I will leave the seat at a day that God permits.
“So nobody should try to bring any trouble to you. I am telling you today, PDP is one party, a party that has divisions does not win elections. No matter the strength of any party, if it does not have unity, it will lose elections.
“I have been silent over all the things you are hearing against me because I don’t want any crack in the party I belong in my state. I have the powers to say you and you will not go anywhere because I will insist that I must sign before you go anywhere.
“But I have signed for all candidates produced by the PDP to go ahead in their dreams, whether I liked it or not I signed. So I was doing that believing that I cannot shot myself in the leg.
“I want Benue to come first by winning all elections so that Nigerians will say that the national chairman has delivered his state to PDP with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar winning 90 percent of the votes and Titus Uba as governor in 2023.”
Ayu thanked Gboko people for the show of love to him, noting that “since I started politics in PDP in the last 30 years, Gboko has not rejected me, you are always supporting me. They say a prophet has no respect in his home, but my case is different I am overwhelmed by this great show of love. Nothing should worry you my people.”
He added, “The Tiv people have suffered so much in this country. We are yet to get our share of the national cake, so my charge to you is not to relent prayers so that this time around come 2023, God will give us president who will work closely with the Governor of our state to wipe out our tears.
“During the senator J S Tarka’s era, God gave us a Fulani man, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, did he fight the Tiv nation? Did he kill our people? He appointed 5 ministers from Benue state and speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Chaha, Paul Unongo (Minister of steel), Isaac Shaahu (Minister of Communications), Mrs. Elizabeth Ivase (Education Minister) and Audu Ogbeh etc was he not a Fulani man?
“Another Fulani man, Yar Adua appointed a Tiv man, Michael Kaase Aondoakaa his Minister of Justice.
“Today, the flagbearer of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar who is not only a chieftaincy title holder of the Tiv people as the Zege Mule U the Tiv, he is my friend, he told me his plans for the Tiv nation. That he will wipe away the tears of the people.”