Wabara: PDP BoT has asked Ayu to give firm assurance of resignation

Adolphus Wabara, the chairman of, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday said the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu has been asked to assure that he will resign after the 2023 election.

Wabara made the disclosure at a press conference in Abuja at the end of a special BoT meeting of the PDP.

“The National Chairman should give a firm commitment that he will resign after the 2023 election”, the former senate president said.

According to Wabara, the BoT has also charged the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to immediately convene an emergency meeting.

The resolutions of the special Board of Trustee meeting read:: “To call on all Party leaders and persons close to them, to desist from making further inflammatory remarks or granting press interviews.

“To call on the Chairmen of the PDP Governors Forum to convene a meeting of the PDP Governors Forum without further delay.

“To urge the National Chairman as an eminent leader to give a firm assurance that he would resign his position after the 2023 elections. In the same vein, the BoT Chairman has been authorized to offer apologies on behalf of all members who feel maligned or aggrieved by the public statements made by its members across the country that has sharpened the current division in the party.

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“To call on the presidential candidate to review its appointments of members of the campaign council and other advisory appointments to make it all inclusive.

“The BoT will refer some of these recommendations for noting and appropriate action to NEC of our party in due Course.”, the communiqué of the PDP BoT said.

Speaking on why he refused to comment on allegations against him, Ayu said, “This is a meeting of the BoT which I am only a member, as allegations persist, it is an opportunity to clear the air. I decided not to respond not to encourage altercations at the party.

“However, I want to make it clear that at no time did I as the National Chairman of the party collect any N1bn from anybody.”

“When we came in and the party had funding difficulties the presidential candidate suggested that we should take a loan from the bank and the owner of that bank is a member of the party, he has even left the party.

“The party never took any loan from anybody. Any money advanced to the party was declared before the NWC and handed over to the National Treasurer. All our accounts are up to date and we promised to publish the accounts at the end of the year.

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“On today’s allegations, I fully briefed the BoT that one of our governors made a contribution of 100 million for the revival of the PDI which was housed in a portacabin and I explained to them that we hired an appropriate place in Asokoro, we have furnished it, renovated it.

“Three days ago, we went there, inspected it and the NWC decided that before commissioning we should invite the governor in question to come and inspect what we have done with his contribution.

“I am happy that the National Secretary of the party has since written a letter to that governor. I or the NWC has never taken any money to carry out that renovation. In fact, we have not even exhausted that N100 million by one of the governors.

“The consistent attack on my person since the end of the convention on the 31st of May I have refrained from reacting. As the father of the party, I felt I should encourage reconciliation. But where it touches on my personal integrity or even my family members are brought into play I appealed to such people to desist from trying to malign my character or bringing my family into party affairs”, Ayu said.

 

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