The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, says passing a vote of confidence in Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), won’t save him from being removed from office.
Recall that on Thursday, the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) passed a vote of confidence in Ayu and the National Working Committee (NWC), despite calls for the resignation of the party chairman.
Speaking yesterday at a grand reception for defectors from different political parties into the PDP in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, Wike said those celebrating the vote of confidence seem to have forgotten history. “I was watching, listening. They say there is one man called Secondus, who was dancing, celebrating that NEC gave their person a vote of confidence. He forgets history”, he said.
He further said, “We don’t fight and go back. If you like, you can have as many as 20 votes of confidence, it is not my business. My business and my team is to make sure the right thing is done. And the right thing must be done, whether today or tomorrow. So let nobody worry him or herself. If you are dancing, come home and dance. Come and mobilise for the person you think will win the election.
It was gathered that party members, especially those in Wike’s camp, demanded Ayu’s resignation as a condition for resolving the crisis. The call for his resignation is said to be on the grounds that the national chairman and the presidential candidate cannot be from the same region.
However, Ayu has described those who want him out of office as “children”.