The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu has boasted that he has the power to stop Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom from realising his senatorial ambition on the platform of the party.
The duo who hail from Benue North West senatorial district engaged have had a disagreement shortly after the party presidential primary election that produced Abubakar Atiku as the party’s standard bearer against Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who was the choice of some governors including Ortom.
Since then, Wike alongside his counterparts in Benue, Oyo, Abia, and Enugu has repeatedly called for the resignation of Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the party chairman as the only panacea to restore peace to the main opposition party.
The Ayu/Ortom feud which has split the party in Benue State is threatening the senatorial ambition of the governor with Ayu kinsmen in the Jemgbah axis accusing the governor of teaming up with others to pull down their son from his exalted office.
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Addressing the crowd that welcomed him home in Gboko on Friday, Senator Ayu who spoke in the Tiv dialect told his people that he had the power to stop any candidate under the party, particularly in the state to avenge all the attacks on him.
But he added that as a father of all and in his quest to avoid a crack in the party, he has decided to remain silent.
He said, “I have been silent over all the things you are hearing against me because I don’t want any crack in the party I belong in my state, I have the powers to say you and you will not go anywhere because I will insist that I must sign before you go anywhere.
“But I have signed for all candidates produced by the PDP to go ahead in their dreams, whether I like it or not I signed.
“So I was doing that believing that I cannot shoot myself in the leg. I want Benue to come first by winning all elections so that Nigerians will say that the national chairman has delivered his state to PDP with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar winning 90 percent of the votes and Titus Uba as governor in 2023.”