Ayu collected N1bn from presidential aspirant in Lagos, Wike alleges, as party battles widening rift

Ayu collected N1bn from presidential aspirant in Lagos, Wike alleges, as party battles widening rift

Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor, on Friday, September 23, accused Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party of accepting bribes in order to influence proceedings ahead of the presidential primaries which was eventually won by Atiku Abubakar.

Wike made these claims during a press interview, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

The current factionalisation within the party has threaten to derail its ambitions after Wike’s camp withdrew from the campaign team of Atiku.

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Speaking during the interview, Wike said, “Nobody forced Ayu to make the pledge on resignation if a Northerner emerged; he knew this was the practice. Was it Wike that told him to make a pledge?

“Will he deny the fact that he didn’t collect N1bn from Lagos? He met one of the presidential aspirants towards that effects. Let Ayu come out and deny and I will bring out the facts.

“The problem is that we are too arrogant and sending a message to Nigerians not to trust us. Instead of doing the right thing, Ayu was saying “I can do without Wike.”

“Of course, you can do without me but you cannot do without me in Rivers State.

“We have put ourselves into this by our actions: we are saying remove Ayu for inclusivity, not that he committed any crime.”

He also revealed efforts made towards reconciliation after the presidential primaries which resulted in Atiku, picking Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Governor as his running mate.

“The Governors wanted me to congratulate him which I did.

“He told me that one of the former Generals wrote three names for the VP which created malcontent within the party. Atiku said he didn’t want to repeat the mistake of 2019 whereby he picked Peter Obi without consultation.

“I challenged the party to institute a high power delegation in order to look into the issue. It pained me that the National Chairman went to the candidate, egging him to pick anyone despite multiple consultations,” he said.

 

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