The former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, who is one of allies of Governor Nyesom Wike had said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, had a pre-arranged plan to with Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, of Sokoto to shortchange Governor Nyesom Wike and other chieftains at the primaries.
The Former Governor made this allegation on Wednesday after a stakeholders’ meeting of PDP members led by Governor Wike in Port Harcourt.
It will be recalled that The Sokoto State Govermor who has been named as the director general of Atiku presidential campaign committee, was one of the party’s presidential aspirants, but pulled out to support Atiku Abubakar.
It will also be recalled that Atiku defeated Governor Wike and other aspirants to win the primary election.
Speaking after the meeting of pro-Wike team in Port Harcourt, Mr Jang described Mr Ayu as a “referee” who helped one of his sides to get a goal and blow the whistle later.
“For the National Chairman, Ayu, to go and embrace Aminu Tambuwal, calling him the hero of the convention which means there was a private arrangement that was done with Tambuwal to shortchange other contestants, including Governor Nyesom Wike.
“Here was a referee who now helped one of the sides to score a goal and then blew a whistle that a goal had been scored. This is not what we formed the PDP to do for Nigerians and therefore we unequivocally ask that Ayu has to step down,” Mr Jang said.
It was gathered that the meeting was held at the private residence of Mr Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and the group announced their pulling out of the the campaign committee except Mr Ayu leaves office.