PDP crisis: Wike, Ortom jet out to London as Northern youths hold ‘Ayu Must Go’ protest in Kaduna

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom have again travelled to London.

According to reports, the duo jetted out in a chartered flight from the Port Harcourt International Airport at about midnight on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Though the reason for the latest departure was unknown, it was gathered that it could be politically related, especially as his recent trips abroad had shown him meeting with some presidential candidates.

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A source close to the Rivers State Government House who pleaded anonymity confirmed the development, saying the governor of the crude oil and gas-rich state was already in London.

The source said, “Yes, he (Wike) is in London. He went with Ortom.”

Asked if his regular company, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State was part of the trip, he retorted that the latter is believed to be out of the country, but “don’t know his exact location.”

Meanwhile, a group of youths within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North have staged a peaceful protest in Kaduna State to demand the immediate resignation of the party’s National Chairman,  Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

Holding placards with various inscriptions, the group under the aegis of Northern PDP Youth,  took their protest to the state PDP Secretariat in the Kaduna State capital on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Although they were denied access to the premises, the leader of the group (Chairman, Northern PDP Youth), Shehu Isah, insisted Ayu must step down to pave way for a Southerner to emerge as Chairman of the PDP.

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The demand, according to him, is in the interest of peace, equity, and fairness.

He said the continued stay of Senator Ayu in office could jeopardise the success of the party in the 2023 general elections.

“As things stand, Nigerians need PDP, Nigerians want PDP. But with this internal crisis, I don’t think we will succeed. That is why we are calling on Mr Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman, to fulfil his promise to resign,” he said, adding that Ayu promised during the National Convention that if a northern candidate wins the party’s ticket, he would resign.

“But now, almost six months after the convention, Ayu remains as PDP National Chairman, which is injustice. We are calling on the PDP NEC (National Executive Council), PDP BOT (Board of Trustees), PDP Caucus, (and) PDP NWC to do justice for all.”

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