Mr Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), compromised his position and persuaded presidential aspirants to step down for Atiku Abubakar to ensure he won the party’s presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general elections held in May.
Atiku eventually won the polls following the stepdown of Sokoto governor Aminu Tanbuwal, who ordered his supporters to vote for Atiku. The game turned the table against Gov Nyesome Wike of Rivers State who was on necktie with Atiku before Tambuwal’s trade.
Wike disclosed this during a media chat on Friday. He claimed also that Ayu threatened to resign if he (Wike) had won the ticket.
In his words, “There was nothing Iyorcha Ayu didn’t do. He manipulated the delegates’ list. A whole national chairman threatened some of the presidential aspirants at that time that if Wike wins, he was going to resign.
“In fact, he was calling aspirants to withdraw for Atiku Abubakar.”
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