Just In: Wike Reacts as PDP Suspends National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, Reveals Fresh Position

Just In: Wike Reacts as PDP Suspends National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, Reveals Fresh Position

  • The crisis rocking Nigeria's main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has taken a fresh twist
  • This is as the Benue state leadership of the party suspended the national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, for anti-party activities
  • Reacting, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, who fully backed the suspension move of the party, said Ayu was behind the downfall of the PDP in the just concluded 2023 elections

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has reacted to the suspension served to the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu.

Legit.ng reported earlier that the Executive Committee of the PDP in Igyorov Ward of Gboko local government area of Benue state, suspended Ayu on Sunday, March 26, after passing a vote of no confidence on him for anti-party activities.

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Wike backs Ayu’s suspension from PDP. Photo credit: Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike - CON, Iyorchia Ayu.
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Wike reacts to Ayu's suspension

Reacting to the development, Wike, a guest on the Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily, stated that he supports the move because Ayu played a major role in the colossal failure of the PDP in the 2023 general elections.

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“I am in support of the suspension,” Wike replied when asked if he was behind the actions of the PDP officials in Benue.
“In fact if he (Ayu) had left before now, they would have said he has left and that was why the PDP failed the election,” the governor buttressed his point, Premium Times reported.

AIT/Raypower Mgt begs Gov Wike not to demolish building

In another development, owners of African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower Radio, Daar Communications Pls, have appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike not to demolish the building housing the media companies in Rivers.

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In a statement on Friday, March 24, Remi Olu Akerele, the head of centre, Daar Communications Pls, noted that the livelihood of over 50% of the workforce who are from Ozuoba, the host community in Obio-Akpor local government area will be seriously affected if the building is demolished.

Akerele, therefore, appealed to the state government not to throw out the workers for the sake of their well-being and the survival of their families.

Rivers 2023: Fresh allegation links Gov Wike to sponsored electoral violence

Meanwhile, Governor Wike has been accused of sponsoring violence during the just-concluded 2023 gubernatorial elections in Rivers state.

The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made this allegation and added that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and Governor Wike were in collaboration to rig the just-concluded gubernatorial and state parliament election.

Speaking at a press briefing in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state APC spokesperson, Darlington Nwauju, alleged that at least four APC members were killed during the election while two others are still missing.

Source: Legit.ng

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