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 allegedly sent by PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, met the Rivers Governor on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Naija News 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.
According to sources, the governor of Rivers vowed not to “attend any meeting with Atiku, with Ayu as party chairman,” emphasizing that even if he didn’t insist that Ayu resign, honor, dignity, and sincerity should still force the PDP chairman to do so in light of his promise to do so once a candidate from the north emerged as a presidential contender.
“Yes, Wike may be upset with Ayu for supposedly obstructing him at the convention and once more as his running mate, but the actual problem right now is the responsibility for Ayu’s honor. At Eagle Square, he declared that he would step down as soon as a Northerner his candidacy, according to the source.
“Ayu is being persuaded he can make the sacrifice (resignation) himself because it was a promise he made,” the insider stated. There is a distinction between a president emerging and a Northern candidate emerging. He must uphold his integrity.