Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party had on Friday renewed calls for the resignation of Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the party.
On Channels Television Politics Today, Senator Olaka Nwogu and Mohammed Jamo stated that the issue surrounding the dubious payment of amounts ranging from N26 to N35 million into the personal accounts of NWC members as housing allowance was sufficient to cause him to resign.
Olaka said, “I’m outraged and embarrassed at this time. My party is not the issue, and the National Chairman is the issue. The NWC is the issue. When Governor Nyesom Wike had his media chat and said the N14bn of the party’s funds is the target, that it is the reason for the dogged determination of Ayu to remain in office.
“Now, what is coming out is that some members of the NWC are seeing less than N1bn of that money just at a time they are beginning to ask questions they are receiving alerts.
“They are saying, at no time did the NWC sit to decide that people should be paid that amount. Whether it is supposed to be a loan, they didn’t apply for it. If it were supposed to be housing, they would have houses in Abuja. Ayu should apologise to the party and Nigerians and resign. “
He noted that the approval limit for the National Chairman of the PDP was N10m while that of the Secretary was N5 million, arguing that anything beyond that should have gone to the National Executive Committee. We lost Obi and Kwankwaso because of Ayu
He pointed out that the PDP Secretary’s approval limit was N5 million, while the National Chairman’s was N10 million, and claimed that anything above those limits should have gone to the National Executive Committee. Ayu caused us to lose Obi and Kwankwaso.
In the same spirit, Jamo urged the party leadership to be honest by supplying documentation of the meeting and vouchers certifying the payment of the monies to NWC members.
According to him, the PDP cannot discuss eradicating corruption at the federal level without discussing internal purges.
He said, “The PDP is the main opposition party. The two other political parties were a creation of life the incapacity of Mr. Iyorchia Ayu as Chairman of PDP.
“Under his watch, we lost Peter Obi, under his watch, we lost Kwankwaso. If he had done well and Obi and Kwankwaso were in PDP, the (2023) election would have been a walkover for us. Ayu should go.”