Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, notified the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday that he would not work for him as an aspirant.
He, on the other hand, maintained that he had known the former Vice President for more than 30 years since they were essential actors in Chief MKO Abiola’s rise to power.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s ascension was orchestrated by Ayu and Atiku, according to Ayu.
He went on to say that the Obasanjo government did an excellent job of putting Nigeria on a sound economic, social, and political footing.
Ayu while addressing members of the National Working Committee, (NWC) and the Atiku’s campaign team during a visit to the party Secretariat said, “Let me acknowledge the fact that you and I have been close friends personal friends for more than 30 years as it was indicated, we were key players in the Social Democratic Party and key players in the emergence of Chief MKO Abiola.
“So you are a presidential aspirant today. But I want people to know that you are still my friend. I can’t deny you I never deny my friends including those who are in the other disastrous party. You know them because even there we have common friends who miss the road, who normally should be here with us.
“More importantly, since we formed this party as you have mentioned, we have worked together in various capacities. It is you and I that plotted the emergence of President Obasanjo. An administration that did very well, putting Nigeria, on a healthy map economically, socially and politically.
“Again, I can’t deny the fact that we work together harmoniously, whether political issues or economic issues and on the National Security Council when I was Minister for internal affairs.
“I’m saying this to make it clear that those who say Oh, because of my relationship with you, as chairman, I’ll work for you. Mr Vice President, I will not work for you as an aspirant. I will work for all the 17 aspirants. It is left to you to convince the delegates of our party that you are the best.
“You have to market yourself, you have to work hard. This National Working Committee for now we remain an umpire. We are not going to take a side with any particular aspirants. But we love you all. I’ve said repeatedly that each one of you given the opportunity will run this country better than what APC has done or will be able to do.”
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