- Ayomikun Olabamiji
The crisis rocking People’s Democratic Party (PDP), deepened on Thursday, as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, accused the party National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu of targeting the N14 billion realized from the party primaries.
Wike, who came second at the May 28 PDP Presidential primaries, stated this while reacting to a statement credited to Ayu that those calling for his resignation are “ boys”, within the party.
This is just as Bode George, a Chieftain of the party , also cautioned Ayu, adding that “Wike is only fighting for Justice, for equity and fairness in our party. He is not only a strong pillar in this party but a mobilizer, a financier and an actualizer.”
George, a former Governor of Ondo State under the military and one time National Chairman of the PDP, said it is “ an antithesis and against the norm and culture of our party that our Presidential Candidate, our National Chairman and Chairman of our Board of Trustee will come from one section of the country. Party members from the South are already feeling alienated. PDP is not a private company”. This is also coming on the heels of a similar position held by the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Walid Jibrin who is also backing the call for Ayu’s resignation, saying that” it is unfair for the Northerner to retain the party’s Chairmanship position, following Atiku Abubakar’s emergence as the PDP presidential candidate.”