Thursday, December 8, 2022

Wike: Ortom backs Ayu to remain as PDP chairman

Mr Ortom, who shares the same caucus with Governor Nyesom Wike, backtracked on the collective position of the group demanding the removal of Mr Ayu.

• September 27, 2022
Governor Samuel Ortom and Governor Nyesom Wike

Governor Samuel Ortom says he is against the removal of PDP national chairman Iyorchia Ayu.

Mr Ortom, who shares the same caucus with Governor Nyesom Wike, backtracked on the collective position of the group demanding the removal of Mr Ayu. 

In a statement released by the Benue governor’s chief press secretary Nathaniel Ikyur, Mr Ortom said he believes in the leadership of Mr Ayu and his ability to take the PDP to victory in the 2023 election. 

“It is an open secret that Governor Ortom worked tirelessly, alongside other prominent Benue citizens, to ensure that Dr Ayu gets elected as the national chairman of our great party even against all odds,” said the statement. “He cannot, therefore, turn around to work against him to be removed from office.” 

It added, “In the run-up to the National Convention, Governor Ortom got the backing of many leaders of the PDP who believed in his sense of judgment when he vouched for the integrity and capacity of Dr Iyorchia Ayu to lead and rebuild the PDP to victory and rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the APC maladministration.” 

That is why, according to the statement, Mr Ayu was returned unopposed by the northern caucus of the party “and got elected as the national chairman of the PDP at the party’s convention.” 

The PDP and its flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, said its confidence in winning the election remains unshaken and will move on with or without the support of Mr Wike. 

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya


Tambuwal praises Nigerian Army over civil-military projects

Governor Aminu Tambuwal joined residents of Sifawa and other communities in the Bodinga local government area in commending civil-military projects executed by the Nigerian Army.

New York Times


New York Times editors, reporters go on strike

The newsroom at The Times employs more than 1,800 people. Compensation is the negotiation’s most contentious topic.

Yobe State House of Assembly


Yobe parliament suspends revenue board chairman nominee’s screening

The Yobe House of Assembly has suspended the screening of Sani Kaitafi as Chairman of the state Internal Revenue Board.

Sadiya Umar Farouq and N-Power


N-Power: Sadiya Farouq promises to support ICPC’s fraud investigation

Humanitarian minister Sadiya Umar Farouq has pledged to support the ICPC in its investigation of alleged fraud in the N-Power Programme.

Polaris Bank and Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos


Appeal Court reverses Polaris Bank’s sale of Intercontinental Hotel

In a unanimous judgment, three judges of the court ruled that Milan Industries had fully reimbursed the bank for the N2 billion mortgage facility it obtained from Polaris Bank.

A composite of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq used to illustrate the story


EXCLUSIVE: Buhari humiliates Osinbajo; discards vice president’s social safety bill on Sadiya Farouq’s objection

Documents reviewed by Peoples Gazette revealed how the humanitarian affairs minister thwarted the vice president’s years-long labour on a vital policy.