‘I Said You Would Go’: Wike Celebrates Ayu’s Replacement…

Written by on March 28, 2023

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has expressed satisfaction over the ouster of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu.

Umar Damagum was announced on Tuesday as Ayu’s replacement in an acting capacity.

This comes barely two days after the Executive Committee of the PDP in Igyorov Ward, Gboko Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State suspended the former chairman with immediate effect.

Ayu had been embroiled in a bitter feud with some high-ranking PDP members led by five governors identified as the G5: Wike, Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).

With the emergence of PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the party’s May 2022 primary, the G5 refused to join the campaign unless Ayu resigned. The face-off culminated in the party’s defeat at the February 25 presidential election.

Moments after Ayu’s removal was made public, Wike celebrated the defeat at the commissioning of the Trans-Kalabari Road Phase 1, Degema Local Government Area (LGA), Rivers State.

The governor also warned those excited about the emergence of a new governor in Rivers that he is still in charge until May 29.

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