Allies of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, South South Nigeria have pulled out of the PDP’s Presidential Candidate Campaign Council until National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu,resigns.
Gatekeepers News reports that this results from a meeting held early on Wednesday morning in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Bode George, PDP chieftain, said the campaign council list released by the party which has the name of Wike is “putting the cart before horse”.
“The published presidential campaign council list translates to putting the cart before horse, the pertinent issue remains the Ayu leadership,” George said.
“We therefore resolve that senator Iyorchia Ayu resigns as the national chairman for an acting chairman of southern Nigeria extraction.
“We resolved not to participate in the campaign council in whatever capacity until the resignation of Dr Iyorchia Ayu.”
Governor Wike had called for Ayu’s resignation following the outcome of the party’s presidential primary won by Atiku.
The Party’s turmoil began in May when Atiku was elected as the Presidential Candidate for the party and he picked Okowa, Governor of Delta State as his running mate instead of Nyesom Wike.
The Rivers governor’s allies, who include Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo; Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue; George, Jerry Gana, former minister of information, are insisting that Ayu must resign as a condition for peace in the party.