PDP Crisis: I Can Stop Ortom, Others From Contesting – Ayu

Mary Ugwuanyi

Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that although he has the power to stop Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and others calling for his resignation from contesting election under the PDP, he has chosen not to do so.

He said that his decision not to tow the path was to avoid a crack in the party.

Ayu disclosed this while speaking to his supporters at his countryside in Gboko on Friday.

Governor Ortom along with four other governors had called on Ayu to resign his position after Atiku Abubakar emerged as the party’s presidential candidate.

The governors are against the North occupying the position of the party’s National Chairman and presidential candidate.

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However, Ortom risks not realizing his senatorial ambition as the crisis has divided the PDP in Benue State. Ayu’s kinsmen in the Jemgbah axis accuse Ortom of conniving with other governors to work against one of their own.

Ayu in his reaction described himself as a father who would not seek vengeance.

He said, “I have been silent over all the things you are hearing against me because I don’t want any crack in the party I belong to in my State, I have the power to say ‘you and you will not go anywhere’ because I will insist that I must sign before you go anywhere.

“But I have signed for all candidates produced by the PDP to go ahead in their dreams, whether I like it or not, I signed.

“So I was doing that believing that I cannot shoot myself in the leg.”

Source: Daily Post

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