Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated that the PDP is for all of Nigeria, not just a particular region, amidst the crisis roiling the party.
He said this on Thursday during his speech to a sizable gathering of party members in Ilorin Metropolitan Square, Kwara State, as part of Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign.
“Let me tell you that PDP is one big united family which includes Kwara State. We are on our way back to victory.
“PDP has come back to rescue this country and put it back on the path of development for every family, for every young man, for every old person.
“We are a party for all; we are not a party for only one part of the country. That is why we selected a unifier, somebody who will bring everybody on board and make sure that we rebuild this country.”
In order to support Atiku’s bid for the presidency in 2023, five governors from the party led by Nyesom Wike of Rivers have requested that Ayu resign. However, the politician from Benue has vowed that he won’t do so till the end of his four-year tenure.
Present at the rally on Thursday include Atiku, his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State; as well as Governors Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).
Others include former Senate President Bukola Saraki; former Vice President Namadi Sambo; former governors of Niger, Kogi and Kwara states, Babangida Aliyu, Ibrahim Idris and Abdulfatah Ahmed; as well as one of the spokesmen for Atiku campaign, Dino Melaye.
PDP presidential candidate posters and banners were being carried by party supporters who filled the stadium to capacity.
The PDP has controlled Kwara since 2003 and remained in power through 2019.