Former President of the Senate, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu has been adopted as the North’s consensus candidate for the position of national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP leaders from the 19 states that make up Northern Nigeria, met in the Bauchi Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro and ratified the adoption of Dr Iyorchia Ayu as the region’s consensus candidate. This was after he was presented to the entire North, by the leaders of the party from the North Central zone.
He assures that he would run a purposeful party as he calls on the party leaders to join him to reposition PDP with a view to bouncing back to the Presidential Villa in 2023, stressing that under his leadership, no one can use money to buy his conscience and no single man will own PDP.
“PDP belongs to all, not one man,” Ayu declared
The PDP had last month, zoned the position of national chairman to the North and furthered zeroed to the North Central!
Dr. Ottah Agbo, a leader of the party in a statement, described the choice of Ayu as apt, saying he is a leader known to take any assignment he is given with the deserved seriousness and commitment to make a difference.
He said the PDP as a party is serious on coming back to rescue Nigeria from the throes of insecurity, economic hardship and corruption, requires an experienced and mature mind like Dr. Ayu to bear the torch for the total reorganisation of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Ottah Agbo, who is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Narcotic Drugs, said the wisdom and sagacity applied by Dr. Ayu to navigate the legislature during the military era stands as a testimony to the fact that he has the recondite tact and courage to confront the challenges besetting the party and prepare it for the task of giving Nigeria and Nigerians better leadership.
He said: “You remember how Dr. Ayu even lost his position as President of the Senate during the June 12 crisis due to his resolve to be on the side of democracy.
“Dr. Ayu confronted dictatorship and stood on the side of democracy, rule of law and the people.”
Dr. Ottah Agbo commended the North Central leaders of the PDP, especially Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, former Senate President, Dr. David Mark and others for their cooperation and objectivity in arriving at a consensus candidate, saying he appreciates how difficult it is to do so amongst a constellation of other amply qualified aspirants.
The Lawmaker urged Dr. Ayu to see Nigeria as his constituency and treat party members with the respect and courtesy he is known for, saying as one of the critical stakeholders and spokesman of the Minority Caucus of the House of Representatives, he assures Dr. Ayu of his full cooperation and support.