The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu came under fire from Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike.
The Rivers State Governor at a live media chat in Port Harcourt accused Senator Ayu among other things, of obtaining the sum of N1billion (One Billion Naira) in the guise of funding the party but never remitted the money to the party’s account.
He emphasised that the PDP boxed itself into its current quagmire and to disentangle itself, will require making sacrifices that would engender inclusivity.
The governor who accused Ayu of corruption said he exerted pressure on some of the PDP presidential aspirants like governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and former Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to step down for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on the day of the convention.
“Will he (Ayu) deny the fact that he did not collect N1 Billion from Lagos? Let him deny it, I will tell him who gave him the money. The money was given to him in Lagos”.
“He met one of the presidential aspirants and told him that he is not sure these governors may want to sponsor the party. Let Ayu say no. I will even call some of the businessmen and how the money was arranged in Lagos. That money did not enter into the account of PDP.”
“There’s nothing Ayu did not do for me not to emerge as the PDP candidate. Ayu did everything to manipulate the system to ensure that all the numbers did not add up.”
He said the call for the resignation of Senator Ayu within the party borders on justice, fairness and equity. According to him, “development alone is not the only problem Nigeria has. Insecurity alone is not the only problem Nigeria has. Part of our problem is none inclusivity of people, with certain sections believing they are being marginalised. Whether you like it or not you must show that you have the capacity to bring everybody together.”
Governor Wike disclosed that the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku had during the meeting they held in London promised to work out within a week modalities for the resignation of Senator Ayu as national chairman, but never did.
He explained that after the one week that was promised elapsed, instead of returning to them to state the challenges encountered, the presidential candidate is now using the PDP constitution as a defence.
“You are talking about the constitution now, but you forget that the constitution says there should be zoning of elective and party offices. You did not remember that constitution says so. Now, is there nothing called expediency? Is there nothing called the doctrine of necessity? Now, look at where we have found ourselves.”
He further added: ” ab initio, the presidency ought to have been zoned to the South, you knew it. What you’ve done is to show how clever or smart you are. Now, there is crisis you’re now falling back to that constitution to say that there will be constitutional crisis. You cannot eat your cake and have it. You can’t.”