PDP Crisis has worsened as Ayu has vowed to stop Governor Ortom from actualizing his 2023 political ambition.
Newsonline reports that the crisis rocking Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepened at the weekend as its embattled National Chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu warned Benue Governor Samuel Ortom and other critics that he has the powers to stop them from realizing their political ambitions on the platform of the party in 2023.
This online news understands that Ayu and the Governor of his home state, Ortom, have been at loggerheads following the decision of the latter to align with Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike in the call for the resignation of the PDP National Chairman after the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the party. Wike had contested for the presidential ticket and lost to Atiku.
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Newsonline Nigeria reports that Senator Ayu and Ortom hail from Benue North West and the Governor is gunning for the senatorial seat on the platform of the PDP.
But Ayu, while speaking about the disagreement between him and Ortom at the weekend, said he has the power to stop the Benue Governor from realising his senatorial ambition on the platform of the party.
The feud between the two politicians has divided the opposition party in the state. Addressing a crowd of supporters on his arrival at his home in Gboko at the weekend, the embattled party boss said he is capable of stopping any candidate in the State, who is vying on the platform of the PDP from achieving their ambitions if he decides to reciprocate the attacks on him from some quarters.
He however said as a father to all and sundry, he won’t react in such a manner.
“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 like it or not I signed.
“So I was doing that believing that I cannot shoot 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 per cent of the votes and Titus Uba as Governor in 2023. Nothing should worry you, my people.
“Since I started politics more than 30 years ago, you have never 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.
“The PDP is one and not divided. I am trying my best not to disappoint the 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 on a day that God permits. It is God that enthrones leadership. He uses people to enthrone a person over others and protects that person. I want to assure you that all these days, God has been protecting me even when I went on sick leave abroad, God is still protecting me. The Tiv people have suffered so much in this country,” Ayu explained.
Urging the people of the State to support Atiku’s presidential ambition, he added: “We are yet to get our share of the national cake, so my charge to you is not to relent in prayers so that this time around come 2023, God will give us a president who will work closely with the Governor of our State to wipe out our tears. During 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 five 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. Another Fulani man, Yar Adua appointed a Tiv man, Michael Kaase Aondoakaa, his Minister of Justice.
“Today, the standard bearer of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who is not only a chieftaincy title holder of the Tiv people as the Zege Mule U Tiv, he is my friend, he told me his plans for the Tiv nation. That he will wipe away the tears of our people. So nobody should try to bring any troubles to you. I am telling you today, PDP is one party, a party that has divisions and does not win elections. No matter the strength of any party, if it does not have unity, it will lose elections.”