Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike says the attitude of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorcha Ayu could jeopardise the electoral fortunes of the party in the 2023 general elections.
Governor Wike said this Thursday, at the inauguration of Omerelu internal roads in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
The governor explained that he had expected Senator Ayu, as chairman of the party, to unite all aggrieved members and galvanise them for the 2023 elections without division, so that PDP could clinch electoral victory.
But rather, Senator Ayu has shown ingratitude by describing elected governors of States, who supported his quest as party chairman, as children.
“Dr Ayu said we are children. Yes, the children brought you to be chairman of the party. The children brought you from the gutter and made you chairman.
Ayu, you were impeached as Senate president. Ayu were sacked by Obasanjo in his administration two times. Arrogance cannot take you anywhere. Now, that we have seen that you don’t want the party to win election, we’ll help you.
“A man who is inconsistent and ran away from the party, telling those of us who spent our time, sleepless night to make sure this party does not go down we are children.
“Now, you have the temerity, the audacity to tell us we are children. We will tell you that you are the prodigal father.
“Nigerians have seen how ungrateful some of you can be, and that’s why also Nigerians must be careful. If we give this manpower if we give these people power, are you sure they will also be grateful to Nigerians? As you make your bed, so you will lie on it.
“I’ve been quiet thinking that we will reconcile. Now that you have brought in arrogance to say you were elected, where did you campaign? Show me where your poster was, anywhere in this state.”
Performing the inauguration of the project, former South-West Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Chief Olabode George, declared that the issue of the National Chairman of PDP must be addressed before the commencement of the campaign for the 2023 general election.
“Party members from the south are already feeling alienated. PDP is not a private company. So, before we start the presidential campaign at the end of this month, the National Chairman must go to the south. That is what Governor Wike is saying and as a life member of the Board of Trustees of our party, I support this position 100 percent.
“Statutorily, it is the National Chairman who hands over the party’s flag to our presidential candidate. How will party members from the South feel when they see that at all political rallies Southerners have no public political representation.”