As members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), continue to initiate moves to resolve the crisis threatening the peace of the party, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has advised the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu to resign his position or drop his ego and plead for understanding.
Governor Ortom made this known on Friday, during an emergency Executive Council meeting held at Government House, Makurdi.
The Governor recalled that the National Chairman of the Party had promised to resign if a presidential candidate emerges from the North.
According to him, for Ayu to restore his integrity, ‘he either should follow the path of honor and resign or plead for understanding’.
Ortom and Senator Ayu hail from the same senatorial district known as Benue North West senatorial district also known as Zone B.
It was also said that governor Ortom played very vital role in the emergence of Senator Ayu as National Chairman after he introduced him to his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike as “a trusted ally.”
The Governor who noted that the party will not be allowed to fall apart was optimistic that despite the internal wranglings, the PDP remains a party to beat in the forthcoming general elections.
He said the party is only waiting to take over the mantle of leadership come 2023 following the abysmal performance of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Meanwhile, the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Adolphus Wabara, have assured that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and other aggrieved members will work for the party’s victory in 2023.
While fielding questions after a close door meeting with the BoT Special Reconciliation Committee on Saturday in Abuja, Okowa expressed hope that Governor Wike, Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and other aggrieved members would come onboard.