Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State reportedly got wind of an alleged plot by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, to act against his allies.
The governor on Tuesday evening was reportedly briefed on Senator Ayu’s plan to undermine his close allies like Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom; former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and others.
Naija News reports that the likes of Ortom and Fayose, among others, voiced their support for Wike after he was overlooked for the PDP vice-presidential ticket by the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Reportedly, Senator Ayu planned to use his position as National President to undermine Fayose, Ortom and others in their various states.
Recall that a leadership crisis is currently rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the PDP after its gubernatorial candidate, Bisi Kolawole, lost the just-concluded gubernatorial election.
A close ally of the Governor of Rivers State told Vanguard that Wike, who is not against dialogue to resolve the party crisis, insists that Senator Ayu resign in accordance with the agreement reached before he (Ayu) be appointed National President.
Wike’s ally said members of the Governor’s Strategy Team, comprising Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; Ortom; fayose; former Governor of Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwambo and former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke would meet with the people of Atiku on his behalf.
The source told Vanguard: “The strategy team will be responsible for holding talks with Atiku and his men.
“Furthermore, the governor insists that Ayu must step down as national president since the party has chosen its presidential candidate from the North.
“Wike is of the view that the North cannot have both the PDP presidential candidate and the national president at the same time.
“He also monitors events in certain state sections of the party, particularly where his allies are involved. He told some of his men yesterday that if anything were to be done to undermine the interests of his allies because of their support for him, even his team would no longer be available for peace talks.
“For example, look at what they did to Ekiti in the gubernatorial election. Watch how those of Wadata abandoned the party in Ekiti just because of Fayose’s support for Governor Wike. He (Wike) declared that he would not sit still and allow any of his allies to be mined under any pretext.