Iyorchia Ayu on Thursday, October 14, emerged as the consensus chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as decided by its north-central caucus ahead of the forthcoming national convention.
Before Ayu's candidature was confirmed, some regions in the geopolitical zone had projected other candidates for the same position.
Legit.ng in this piece puts together some interesting facts about the man who might just become the party's next national chairman.
1. State of origin and career
Ayu was born in Gboko in Benue on the 15th of November, 1952, and is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna. He taught sociology at the University of Jos.
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2. Ex-president of ASUU
After some years as a lecturer in the school, he went ahead to become the chairman of the Jos University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
During the Third Republic, Ayu was elected as a senator on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
4. Ex-president of Senate
In 1993, the Benue native rose to become the Senate president but was impeached just a year later.
5. Stood for democracy
After his impeachment, Ayu remained a strong opponent of the then interim national government after the June 12 election was nullified by General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida's regime.
Moreover, Ayu was the minister of education in the late General Sani Abacha's military administration.
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Meanwhile, the north caucus of the PDP had endorsed Ayu as the opposition party's national chairman.
Legit.ng gathered that the caucus was made up of party leaders from the northcentral, northeast and northwest geopolitical zones.
It was gathered that Ayu would be presented for approval at the next National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in the days ahead.
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Ayu was reported to have emerged as the consensus national chairmanship candidate of the PDP ahead of the party's forthcoming national elective convention.
His emergence followed hours of continuous meetings by PDP stakeholders of northern extraction in Abuja in the past 72 hours.