Crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party recently took another turn with the party’s Chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu, stating that nobody can sack him from the seat.
He said this in Tiv dialect while addressing the crowd that welcomed him home in Gboko on Friday.
He also said he had the power to stop any candidate under the party, particularly in the state following the attacks on his person.
“I have been silent over all the things you are hearing against me because I don’t want any crack in the party I belong to in my state. I have the power to say, ‘you and you will not go anywhere,’ because I will insist that I must sign before you go anywhere.
“But I have signed for all candidates produced by the PDP to go ahead with their dreams; whether I like it or not, I signed. So, I was doing that believing that I cannot shoot myself in the leg. I want Benue to come first by winning all elections so that Nigerians will say that the national chairman has delivered his state to PDP with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar winning 90 per cent of the votes and Titus Uba as governor in 2023.
The governor and the national chairman, who hail from the same senatorial district have been in opposing camps within the party since its presidential primary produced Alhaji Abubakar Atiku as the party flag bearer against the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who was the choice of some governors, including Ortom.
The governor and his counterparts in Oyo, Abia and Enugu have repeatedly called for the resignation of Ayu as the party’s chairman to restore peace to the main opposition party.