By Emmanuel Oloniruha, Abuja/Adeyemi Adeleye, Lagos, Oct. 14, 2021
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), northern stakeholders, have endorsed former President of the Senate, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, as its consensus candidate for the party’s national chairmanship position in the forthcoming Oct. 30 national convention.
The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen after the stakeholders’ meeting held on Thursday at the Bauchi Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, attended by the party’s leaders from the Northern region, was to produce a consensus candidate to be ratified at the party’s national convention.
Fintiri, who is also the Chairman, PDP National Convention Organising Committee, said that Ayu emerged from the three aspirants presented by the three geopolitical zones.
The other two contestants Ibrahim Shema and Senator Abdul Ningi, withdrew from the race.
“In the spirit of ensuring that PDP emerges and benefits from our efforts, so that we can win together for Nigerians in the 2023 general elections, Ayu has emerged as the consensus candidate of the north.
“With this, we are fully prepared, we are ready. We will be talking with our colleagues from other parts of the country, especially the south that they see reasons for this consensus candidate and give us support during the 30 and 31 convention of the PDP.
“All of them were immensely qualified but through discussion and reconciliation we have emerged with consensus list that was endorsed by the candidates themselves.
“There was no election and there was no selection,” Fintiri said.
He said that there was “no victor, no vanquished”, adding “we all came out united.”
Ayu, in his acceptance remarks, commended the party leaders for the responsibility entrusted to him, saying “I believe at the end of the day I would not just be the northern candidate but collective will of Nigerians.”
Ayu pledged that the PDP would be back with its winning strategies.
“We will work tirelessly after the convention to rebuild the party to take over power, to rebuild the country.
“I believe all Nigerians missed the PDP government. Our 16 years moved the country forward.
“We intend to work together with all the leaders not only in the north but across the country to reposition this country to the next generation of Nigerians.
“It will be an all inclusive administration of the party. We will work collectively, we will introduce policies that will be acceptable to all Nigerians,” Ayu said.
In his reaction, Pearse told NAN on Thursday in Lagos that Ayu’s experience made him an ideal man for the PDP top position.
“It is always welcome news when we see that senior party positions in the PDP are spread around the country.
“This is an exercise in democratic exigency, and Ayu’s vast experience and amiable personality make him the ideal man for the job.
“Ayu will head a formidable PDP team which will rescue Nigeria,” Pearse said.
According to him, it is proper to cede the national chairmanship to the North Central.
The national leadership of the PDP zoned its national chairmanship position to the north.