The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has quelled any further suggestion that its National Chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu would step down, with the National Executive Council (NEC) passing a vote of confidence in him.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike had insisted Iyorchia Ayu stepped down, even after the resignation of the party’s BoT Chairman, Walid Jibrin and the assumption of former Senate president, Adolpus Wabara a few hours ago.
The resignation imbroglio was shot down by a motion for the vote of confidence by the PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC) and was moved by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu at the BoT and NEC meeting which held in Abuja on Thursday.
The vote was supported by a NEC member from Kwara State and presided over by the acting chairman of the PDP BoT, Adolphus Wabara.
There have been several calls by the southern caucus of the PDP for Ayu to step down for a southerner.
However, with the vote of confidence, it has become almost certain that Ayu will not be vacating his seat anytime soon.
In reaction to the development, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, said the party is determined to resolve its disagreements.
According to him, such disagreements as have rocked the party in recent times, are normal in a family.
The former vice president added that the PDP is the oldest party in Nigeria and has stood the test of time.
Furthermore, Atiku explained that the PDP has a constitution that guides the conduct of members and the party’s activities, adding that all disagreements must be resolved according to the party’s rules and regulations.