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Wike knocks Ayu, says party chairman ungrateful

Wike knocks Ayu, says party chairman ungrateful

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has lambasted the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, over his comments against the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

The PUNCH reported that Ayu had said he has the power to stop Ortom’s senatorial ambition and those of others eyeing various positions on the platform of the party.

However, Wike, while briefing journalists at his private residence in Rumiprikon, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Sunday dared Ayu to make good his threat.

He said it was unfortunate for Ayu to speak against Ortom who brought him to become the party’s chairman because the governor told him what he was not doing right.

Wike, while reacting to Ayu’s comment that nobody can sack him, said the issue was not about anyone sacking Ayu but honouring his promise if he has any integrity left in him.

“It is most unfortunate. Nobody has said Ayu should be sacked. The word sacking and keeping to your promise are two different things,” the governor said.

Wike said his camp’s position remained that since the party’s constitution said there must be zoning for elective and political offices, there is no way the presidential candidate and the party’s national chairman will come from one zone.

He added, “Saying that nobody can sack him does not arise because nobody has said he must be sacked. For you to be sacked, there are procedures for sacking people.

“If at this point, you are a national chairman of a party who has told Nigerians that this is what you will do if this happens and now that it has happened, you are running away from doing that. How do you expect Nigerians to now believe you? How do you convince them to vote for your party when they know you won’t keep to integrity?

“I heard when he said he would have stopped Ortom from running. You see how ungrateful human beings are.

“This was the same Governor Ortom who pleaded with us, and said listen, ‘I can take this risk and let him (Ayu) become the national chairman.’ The governors agreed that no national chairman should come from where a governor comes from.

“We agreed on that. But Ortom came, and he is a man we respect, he said I want to promote my people. Let them be at the national politics and we said okay, in your honour we will agree.

“This is a man (Ayu) who never campaigned anywhere. This is a man who never bought a form or a poster. Even the money they gave him to print posters, he never printed any posters. Now he is saying he can stop the man who brought him, who became his guarantor.”

Wike stated that probably Ayu was hoping that Nigerians will donate money to the party so that he will become a superintendent over the money.

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Cars Destroyed As Hoodlums Attack PDP Campaign Chair Residence In Rivers

The home of Senator Lee Maeba in the GRA, Phase 3 area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State was in the early hours of today( Thursday) attacked by suspected hoodlums.

Maeba, a Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State, has been having a running battle with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesome Wike over his support for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition party.

Wike had earlier stoked controversy when he revoked a landed property initially allocated to the senator in the GRA area of Port Harcourt.

About five cars were destroyed during the attack.

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G5: Rivers PDP Alleges Plot To Blackmail Wike

The  commissioner for information and communications in Rivers, Chris Finebone has revealed that  the state has uncovered a plot to blackmail Nyesom Wike, governor of the state.

A statement issued by Kelvin Ebiri, special assistant to Wike on media, revealed that  Finebone spoke at a media briefing on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers.

Fineboy explained that the “faceless group” is orchestrating a campaign of calumny against Wike because they are vexed over his role in leading the G5 governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for “fairness, equity and justice” in the party.

“This is the evidence of the plot to blackmail governor Wike. This is the document and it is titled: ‘Proposal with hashtag, to end Wike rascality programme’,” he said.

The commissioner said the plan to blackmail Wike is “totally unexpected” by the Rivers government.

“We encouraged them to remove their mask and show themselves as the governor and the government is equal to the task of responding to them adequately,” he said.

“They can’t even sign it (the document) to push for this. It is important we warn them. It is important we also warn Nigerians about this scheme. We expect more of them to come. But I can assure you that the governor and the G-5 would rise to the occasion as they continue to start this type of campaign of calumny.”

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Court Voids PDP Guber Primary In Ebonyi, Orders Fresh Poll

A few months to the general elections, a federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State.

The PDP, in its first primary election conducted in May 28th and 29th 2022, elected Mr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii as its gubernatorial candidate in Ebonyi State.

The party also held another primary election on the 4th and 5th of June 2022, which produced Obinna Ogba as its factional governorship candidate.

It was gathered that the 1st primary election of the PDP which produced Odii as a guber candidate was conducted under the headship of Silas Onu while the 2nd Primary election of the party that produced Ogba, was conducted under the headship of Tochukwu Okorie.

Both Odii and Ogba reportedly fought gallantly in court for the PDP guber ticket in Ebonyi, wherein the Supreme Court later ruled in favour of Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii.

But now, Justice Binta Nyako has allegedly nullified all the primary elections of the PDP conducted under Silas Onu.

Justice, Nyako, however, gave fourteen days (14 days) for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to conduct a fresh primary election.

When contacted, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Tochukwu Okorie confirmed the nullification of the Party’s primaries.

He said the party will soon make its position known as regards the federal High court ruling.

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