Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has informed Ahmadu Fintiri, his counterpart from Adamawa State, that Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), must step down for harmony to return to the opposition party.
When Fintiri, who was apparently sent by PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, met the Rivers Governor on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Anaedoonline.ng learns that he maintained this stance.
However, despite party officials’ increased pressure on Ayu to resign, it was heard that Atiku Abubakar has resisted caving in to Wike’s demands.
The purpose of the meeting between Wike and Fintiri, which was held in secret, was to find a solution to their conflict.
Sources told Newsmen that the Rivers governor vowed not to “attend any meeting with Atiku, with Ayu as party chairman,” stressing that even without his insistence on Ayu’s resignation, honour, dignity, and sincerity should make the PDP chairman step down based on his promise to do so once a northerner emerged as a presidential candidate.
“Yes, Wike may be angry with Ayu for allegedly stopping him at the convention and again as running mate, but the real issue now is the burden of honour that is on Ayu’s head. He promised at Eagle Square that he would resign once a Northerner emerges as a presidential candidate,” the source said.
The source continued, “Ayu is being told that he can make the sacrifice (resignation) himself because that was a promise he made. There is a difference between a Northern candidate emerging and a president emerging. The burden of integrity is on him.”
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