The National Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu has thanked the National Executive Council (NEC) and Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party for asking him to go ahead with the leaderhip of the party beyond the 2023 general electios.
This was even as his main opposition inside the party, Nyeson Wike, Governor of Rivers State insisted that he must resign for peace to return to the party.
Dr. Ayu, who reacted to the party’s NEC, BoT decision yesterday, September 9, said that the National Working Committee (NCW), which he steers, would continue to steer the ship of the party in the right direction.
The chairman said that disagreements between party members are normal, adding that what mattered is not such disagreements but how they are resolved.
“In spite of all impressions being created, even in the families, sometimes you have family disagreements.
“I think this party is famous for settling disagreements and going on to win elections in the past. This time is not an exception.
“I am happy that the majority of people are interested in our party. So, because we disagree among ourselves within our capacity, we have done it before and I believe we will do it again.”
Responding to the development, Governor Wike insisted that Senator must step down despite the resignation of Walid Jibril as the Board of Trustees chairman.
Wike reiterated his stance on Ayu’s resignation, recalling the promise allegedly made by the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar when he won the party primary election in May.
According to Wike, Atiku had assured him that Ayu would vacate his position as party chairman.
The governor said that Jibrin’s resignation as the Board of Trustees chairman won’t stop his demand for Ayu’s removal.