National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has begged the party’s new acting Board of Trustee (BoT) Chairman, Senator Adolphus Wabara to use his diplomatic skills to implore Governor Nyesom Wike and other Governors as well as irate party members to put down their weapons and support the party.
Ayu stated this when he paid a visit to the former senate president while still basking in the excitement of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) giving him a vote of confidence.
Joined by other National Working Committee (NWC) members, Ayu said that the PDP needs the new BoT Chairman’s diplomatic abilities to navigate its dilemma because he is an elder statesman with vast experience.
In order to present a united front against the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the election, he thus pleaded with the incoming BoT chairman to employ his diplomatic skills to approach Wike and all resentful party members.
At the NEC meeting on Thursday, Wabara was announced as the interim Chairman of the BoT following Senator Walid Jibrin’s departure.
Ayu also informed Wabara of the party leadership’s decision to fly to Port Harcourt early the next week to meet with the governor of Rivers State for what he called “full reconciliation”.
The Deputy Chairman (North), Amb. Iliya Damagun, will be guiding other NWC members on the tour as he would not be accessible, he noted, due to other already scheduled commitments.
Ayu also commended Wabara for the vote of confidence that the National Executive Council (NEC) and the Board of Trustees (BOT) had cast on the party leadership, noting that it had, among other things, reaffirmed the party’s unity.
His words: “To read the outcome of yesterday’s meeting as one group being victorious over another will be erroneous. We are all winners.
“My understanding is that the party wants unity. Thankfully you can play the role of a unifier even better with your immense preparation as a diplomat, former Member House Of Representatives, former senator and ex-Senate President who had worked with this party for a long period of time.
“I am calling on you to lead the effort in reaching out to all our aggrieved members. You have the full support of myself, the candidate and the whole NWC to reach out to Governor Wike, all the governors and any person who is aggrieved, and appeal to them, plead with them to come back and let’s work together in the PDP family,” he said.