Reasons We Won’t Sanction Wike, Others – Senator Ayu

Reasons We Won’t Sanction Wike, Others – Senator Ayu

Reasons We Won’t Sanction Wike, Others – Senator Ayu

Reasons We Won’t Sanction Wike, Others – Senator Ayu

Nyesom Wike’s outbursts against the PDP’s national leadership and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have forced Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, to rule out the prospect of imposing sanctions.

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Ayu emphasized that the party would put more effort into bringing its members together than in punishing anyone. He, therefore, pleaded with people who were enraged at Wike to put down their weapons.

Many party members have chosen sides in the internal conflict, supporting either Atiku or Wike. This was a result of Wike’s loss to Atiku in the party’s presidential primary. The governor was also alleged to be irate about the fact that he was not chosen as the party’s vice presidential nominee or given the opportunity to be heard on specific party matters.

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When Wike reportedly told the media a week ago that Atiku told numerous lies during his appearance with Arise TV, the rumored animosity between the two men reached a boiling point. He then made a commitment to address the fabrications and add additional information about the party and Atiku.

Reasons We Won’t Sanction Wike, Others – Senator Ayu

Meanwhile, speaking at a meeting of the National Working Committee with former National Publicity Secretaries, Zonal/ States Publicity Secretaries, and other stakeholders at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday, Ayu said all efforts and resources would rather be channeled towards peace and unity instead of punishing people. Those present at the event included Olisa Metuh.

He was responding to calls by some former national officers who called for the governor to be sanctioned. They argued that refusal to do this would breed indiscipline in the party.

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A source at the meeting said, “After the meeting went into a closed-door session, some of the former officers called for sanction to be imposed on Wike because of his utterances. They said he didn’t respect the party’s leadership and its presidential candidate, among other things.

“They even accused the National Publicity Secretary (Debo Ologunagba) of not doing enough to address the issues in his interviews and press releases, but Ayu told them to be patient. The chairman said this is not the time to discipline, expel or quarrel with anyone. Rather, he said this is the time to build, unite and tolerate one another.

Reasons We Won’t Sanction Wike, Others – Senator Ayu

“He said he could feel the pulse of those agitating for discipline to be meted out to the governor, but insisted that Wike is a formidable member of the party. He appealed to them to be patient and that the governor would support Atiku and the party.”

In the communiqué released after the meeting by Ologunagba, he said after “a very comprehensive session, the meeting of former and serving spokespersons for the party restated confidence in Ayu and the NWC in running the affairs of the party.”

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He noted that the meeting restated “confidence in the capacity, experience, and competence of Atiku to rescue, redirect and rebuild this country to meet the aspirations of Nigerians and earn the respect of the international community.”

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