Ahead of its October 31 national elective convention, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday, took a significant step towards a possible hitch-free exercise following the emergence of Dr Iyorchia Ayu as the consensus chairmanship candidate of the North.
Ayu’s emergence was a product of intense lobby and reconciliation across the board which led to withdrawal from the race of two other contestants, Ibrahim Shema and Senator Abdul Ningi. Vanguard gathered that Ningi, former leader of the Senate, was dragged to the race by Governor Bala Muhammed of Bauchi state to scuttle the aspiration of Senator Suleiman Nazif, incumbent deputy national chairman (North) of the PDP.
Nazif, who never gets along with Governor Bala, had reportedly boasted that no one would stop him from aspiring to lead the party in the new National Working Committee, NWC, expected to emerge after the October convention. Determined to checkmate Nazif, the governor, our correspondent learnt, brought in Ningi and caused many PDP faithful from the North-East to queue behind him. Addressing journalists at the event,
Fintiri assured the party faithful of greater days ahead for the PDP, declaring that the consensus reached to settle for Ayu as the chairmanship candidate of the North makes all contestants winners and not losers. On his part, Dr Ayu pledged to quickly develop policies that would give the PDP a new face after the convention.
He said: “It is my singular honour to accept the responsibilities which have been put on my shoulders from the North. I believe that it will not only be the North at the end of the day, but it will be about all Nigerians. The PDP will be back to its winning ways, and we will work tirelessly after the convention to rebuild the party to take over power to rebuild the country.