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I rejected Atiku’s suggestion to take N1bn loan for PDP – Ayu

PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party,
Senator Iyorchia Ayu, on Friday, denied recurring claims by
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that he collected N1bn
from a presidential aspirant.
Ayu mentioned he by no means collected N1bn from anybody and that when he
assumed workplace because the chairman and wanted to boost cash for
the occasion, former Vice-President and now the occasion’s presidential
candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, urged that the occasion
ought to take a mortgage of N1bn however that after deliberations, the
National Working Committee rejected the concept.

He mentioned he avoided commenting on Wike’s allegations
towards him to keep away from public altercations that would complicate
issues for the occasion.
Wike had in a media chat on September 23 accused Ayu of
amassing N1bn from a presidential aspirant, which in response to
him, aided the emergence of Atiku because the occasion’s presidential
candidate.
“Can Ayu deny that he didn’t gather N1bn from Lagos? He informed
one of many PDP presidential aspirants earlier than the primaries that
the governors weren’t able to fund the occasion,” he mentioned,
claiming that he knew “how the cash was organized and people
concerned in packaging the cash. He N1bn; let him come out to
inform Nigerians (that) it isn’t true and I’ll reveal extra.”
In his newest media chat on Friday, the governor mentioned he stood by
his declare, alleging additional that the occasion chairman collected
N100m from a governor to renovate the Peoples Democratic
Institute, a subsidiary of the occasion, and that he turned spherical to
gather the identical quantity from the occasion.
But responding to the governor’s claims throughout a press briefing
on the finish of a particular Board of Trustees assembly on the occasion’s
headquarters after the BoT Chairman, Senator Adolphus
Wabara, had submitted the report of his reconciliation
committee, Ayu mentioned the constant assaults on his individual had been
unlucky.
He acknowledged, “When my BoT chairman talks, I’m not speculated to
say something extra. But since these allegations have continued, I
wish to use this chance to clear the air. When the primary
allegation was made concerning the N1bn, I made a decision to not reply
as a result of we don’t wish to trigger altercations within the occasion.

“However, I wish to make it clear that at no time did I, because the
nationwide chairman of this occasion, gather any N1bn from anyone.
“So, I state that I by no means collected N1bn from anyone. Also, the
N100m that was donated by one of many governors has been
judiciously used for the aim (for which) it was given. In the
subsequent few weeks, we will likely be inviting all occasion leaders, together with
members of the press, for the inauguration of the PDI.
“When we got here in and the occasion had funding difficulties, the
present presidential candidate urged that the occasion ought to
take a mortgage of N1bn from a financial institution. The proprietor of that financial institution was
additionally an influential member of this occasion. He has left the occasion
now.
“When we mentioned it with him, we discarded the concept and the
occasion by no means took any mortgage or any cash from anyone. I, as a
individual, by no means collected N1bn from anyone. Any cash
superior to the occasion was declared earlier than the National Working
Committee and handed over to the nationwide treasurer of the
occasion.”
He pressured that the occasion remained clear in its monetary
dealings and it will not renege on its promise to current its
audited account to the general public by December.
Ayu additionally spoke on Wike’s allegation that he collected N100m
from a governor and the occasion to relocate the PDI.
“Ayu collected N100m from a governor. Let him (Ayu) say no
that it isn’t true and I’ll inform you the governor. These are
issues folks don’t know,” the governor had mentioned throughout Friday’s
media chat.

In his response, Ayu acknowledged, “Luckily, I had absolutely briefed the board
that considered one of our governors made a contribution of N100m to the
revival of the Peoples Democratic Institute, which was housed in
a portakabin. And we defined to them that we employed an
applicable place in Asokoro; we have now renovated it and
furnished it.
“Two or three days in the past, we went there to examine the place and
the NWC determined that even earlier than inauguration, we should always
invite the governor in query to come back and examine what we
have finished together with his cash. I’m blissful to state that the nationwide
secretary of the occasion has since written a letter to that governor.
“So, it isn’t true. Neither I nor the NWC ever took any cash
belonging to the occasion to hold out the renovation. In truth, we
haven’t even exhausted that N100m, which was donated by
one of many governors.”
‘Spare my household’
Meanwhile, the occasion chairman has requested Wike to depart his
household out of the problems within the occasion.
He was reacting to the assertion by Wike that if he revealed all
he knew about Ayu, his kids would disown him.
“If not for the love of this occasion, if we launch what we have now,
Ayu’s kids will inform him that ‘you’re now not our daddy,’”
Wike mentioned throughout the media chat.
But Ayu acknowledged, “The constant assaults on my individual because the
finish of the (particular) conference on May 31 are deliberate and
unlucky. I’ve restrained myself from reacting. As the
father of the occasion, I felt that I ought to encourage reconciliation.

“But the place it touches on my private integrity, of which even my
family members are introduced into play, it’s incumbent upon
me to answer.”
He appealed to aggrieved occasion chieftains to spare his household
members of their quarrels with him and the management of the
occasion.
‘Resign after polls’
The reconciliation committee of the PDP of Trustees on Friday
submitted its report back to the occasion, recommending amongst others,
that the occasion’s nationwide chairman ought to give assurance that he
would resign after the 2023 common elections.
Sunday PUNCH had completely reported on October 9 that the
BoT reconciliation committee resolved that Ayu ought to retain
his seat until after the 2023 elections and that the occasion ought to
makes strikes to placate the aggrieved members.
The decision signed by the BoT Chairman, Wabara, famous that
folks had been wronged on each side, however that occasion leaders
and folks near them ought to desist from making additional
inflammatory remarks or granting press interviews on the
matter.
It additionally known as on the presidential candidate to evaluate the checklist of
members of the marketing campaign council and different advisory
appointments for inclusivity.
It acknowledged, “The BoT known as on all of the Chairman of the PDP
Governors’ Forum (Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State) to
convene a gathering of the discussion board with out additional delay; known as on
all leaders of the occasion to match phrases with motion, and the place
commitments are made, to unconditionally fulfil the identical.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State was named the vice-
presidential candidate of the occasion.
Wike had insisted on Ayu’s resignation earlier than he and different
aggrieved governors would make peace with the occasion. He famous
that it was towards justice and fairness for the occasion’s nationwide
chairman and presidential candidate to come back from the identical
area, which is the North.
He known as on Ayu to respect his pledge earlier than the primaries that
he would step apart if a northerner emerged because the presidential
candidate.
Wike mentioned on Friday, “We had not finished our primaries and a person
got here out and mentioned if the presidential candidate got here from his
space, he would stop. Honour it! It is integrity and a part of the
hallmark of management is integrity. If he can not do this, how can
you inform Nigerians that something the PDP tells you, we are going to do it?
“You are a celebration that wishes to take over the reins of governance
within the nation and also you don’t have integrity. You are presenting a
man, the chairman of the occasion, who has no integrity. For the
nation to know, we should always imply what we are saying.”
Respect zoning – Wike
The governor additionally condemned claims that the nationwide
chairman might stay in workplace till after the elections. He
lamented, “Section 7(3c) of the structure of our occasion says all
occasion and elective places of work have to be zoned. That is why we had been
clamouring for the zoning to be finished and the chairmanship
went to the North. But they mentioned the presidency shouldn’t be
zoned opposite to the availability of Section 7(3c).

“You see the place we have now introduced ourselves in? The two main

positions have now gone to the identical zone. Atiku Abubakar is

the presidential candidate. He is the one which feels the ache.

What will you inform me at this stage that it’s once you end the

election that the chairmanship will go to the South? What is the

function of the chairman? Atiku will go for an election in February. If

he wins, he’ll get thinking about who? He received’t wait until May

as a result of choices would have been made.”

The governor additionally denied claims that campaigns had been placed on

maintain to allow former governors, Peter Odili and James Ibori,

and a former Senate President, David Mark, to intervene within the

disaster between him and the management of the occasion.

“Where do you get this info? I don’t know and I’m not

conscious. Nobody has even reached out to me. The final folks I

noticed had been the Board of Trustees (members) and I requested them if

they want to hear the reality. They mentioned sure! When I informed

them, it was troublesome for them to face up,” Wike acknowledged.

He nonetheless reserved particular reward for Odili, a former governor

of Rivers State, calling him “a really affordable father.”

He acknowledged, “He (Odili) is a really respectable and affordable

father. Before he advises you, he is aware of that is proper, that is

unsuitable. If the PDP goes to inform him lies, he received’t do this

(persuade him to provide peace an opportunity). He just isn’t a father that

you assume in case you simply go to him, he’ll name his son and say, ‘Come

and do that.’”

Wike additionally fired a shot at some PDP former governors, urging

them to emulate Odili of their dealings with the occasion.

“Have you seen him (Odili) among the many former governors as a
member of the Former Governors’ Forum? Do you see him
staying in Abuja? He is right here (Port Harcourt). You don’t need to
be essential by working round folks. I wish to be essential
in my state as a result of I can ship votes. If the PDP needs
something, they’ve to come back to my state and discuss to me, not
due to my voice within the Former Governors’ Forum.”
Campaign council reacts
Meanwhile, spokesmen for the PDP Presidential Campaign
Council, Daniel Bwala and Charles Aniagwu, expressed
optimism that Wike and his allies would quickly be a part of fingers with
Atiku to win the presidential election and rescue the nation in
2023.
In an interview with Saturday PUNCH, Aniagwu mentioned despite
the disagreements, the occasion remained united.
He added, “The occasion is a united household; we don’t have factions
within the PDP. What we have now are people voicing out what they
want to occur and that is allowed in a democracy.
“Beyond the truth that the bulk will at all times have their manner in a
democracy, Atiku needs a scenario the place everybody will come on
board. He just isn’t within the majority having their manner. That
is why you’re seeing quite a lot of peace strikes, with our elders and
leaders impressing it on those that will not be too pleased with
what has occurred to please sheath their sword. We are fairly
optimistic that those that should not on board now will quickly come
on board.”
Similarly, Bwala mentioned, “We are fairly optimistic that the
disagreements will likely be over quickly.”

‘Wike’s doorways open’
Reacting to the BoT’s advice that Ayu ought to depart
after the election, an in depth ally of Wike and former member of the
House of Representatives, Ogbonna Nwuke, mentioned the 5
aggrieved governors wouldn’t shift their place that the occasion
chairman ought to resign to pave the best way for a southerner to
exchange him. He nonetheless mentioned they’d proceed to open their
doorways for dialogue.
He acknowledged, “Dialogue is on the centre of all politics. It just isn’t
stunning that regardless of the insincerity demonstrated by the
candidate and his supporters, leaders of the G5 (5 governors)
have continued to open their doorways for dialogue.
“Our leaders consider it’s one of the simplest ways to get the message out
and to safe the understanding required to drive negotiations.
So, the door is open to welcome all method of individuals who
search peace. But to have peace, you need to have justice, equity
and fairness.
“The G5 just isn’t shifting from its place that Ayu ought to go. It is
not about Ayu as an individual though he has not proven good
qualities in workplace. It is concerning the curiosity of the South. Remove
Ayu, persuade Ayu to step down and the G5 leaders will likely be again
within the fold. Without a decision of the core difficulty, the G5 leaders
is not going to be anticipated to take part within the marketing campaign of Atiku
Abubakar.”
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