After weeks of debate over whether or not he should keep his position, Senator Iyiochia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, received a vote of confidence yesterday.
The decision, however, did not sit well with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who insisted that Ayu resign. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential nominee, and Governor Wike have been at odds over the campaign to oust Ayu as chairman of the party.
The Rivers governor and those who support him feel marginalized in the party’s overall strategy, which has led to their resentment.
But at the 97th NEC meeting in Abuja yesterday, the party’s National Executive Committee, or NEC, approved a motion to save Ayu. All of the party’s organs make up the NEC.
This was in response to a motion made by Mr. Ndudi Elumelu, the House of Representatives minority leader.
Elumelu said: “You (Ayu) have shown maturity. I thank the Ayu-led National Working Committee, NWC, for guiding the party’s ship in the right direction since taking office. The PDP is the only party that can alleviate the suffering of Nigerians today, so it is crucial for the PDP to come together.
“We need to practice forgiving one another. We cannot all run for president or be the chairman. But if we work together, we can lead. We can lead if we can just practice patience.
“The Aso Villa national cake is too much for all Nigerians.” And instead of making false promises like the APC, this cake means building the essential infrastructure for Nigerians.
A lot of things went wrong. Let’s put our anger behind us and move on. The devil is attempting to prevent our victory because he is aware that we have already triumphed spiritually.
“We are never easily offended.” To collect the PVCs from our people, we must speak with them.