Few days after Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State warned the leadership of the PDP to be weary of taking certain steps that may cause crisis, war has broken out within the party.
Iyorchia Ayu, National Chairman of the PDP accused by Wike and the G5 of betraying the party has surprisingly received the Adams Oshiomhole treatment.
He was summarily suspended from his ward by officials at that level for engaging in actions that may have resulted in the loss suffered by his party.
Secretary of the party in Ayu’s ward, a relatively unknown young man who appeared on Channels Television’s prime time news bulletin, News at 10 Sunday evening, announced that the National Chairman was allegedly suspended because he worked against party interests.
News of the suspension of the PDP National Chairman which had made the rounds earlier before it was officially broadcast on an authoritative TV station like Channels came as a rude shock.
Particularly shocked by the action which came from Ayu’s home base was the PDP which is in the middle of a battle to upturn the election result that has been declared in favor of the APC presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu.
The attack on Ayu’s membership of the party is coming against the backdrop of a move by the National Working Committee, NWC, to deal with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and others, including Ayodele Fayose, former Governor of Ekiti State.
Wike had insisted last week that it was the height of insult for a governor like Ortom who fought for the unity of the country to be invited to appear before a disciplinary body.
The Rivers Governor vowed Ortom would never enter an appearance before the National Disciplinary Committee set up by the NWC and declared that the purported suspension of Fayose and others was a nullity.
It is not however clear who is behind attempts to cut Ayu down to size as Atiku and the PDP rally to deal with perceived enemies within the party.
There are speculations that the G5 might have pulled the trigger after Ayu, Atiku and the PDP moved against its interest.
Whatever it is, a political coup hidden from the gaze of top PDP stakeholders that are backing Atiku has taken place.
It is evident, given what has transpired that Atiku’s ally who superintendent in the National Secretariat would have to fight from outside to regain his position.
To secure any relief, Ayu who is plotting to hurt approved candidates of the party who have won elections in some states would have to go to court.
Already, some of those persons that are being targeted by Ayu and his stormtroopers have scampered to court to find safety.
Among them is Sir Siminalayi Fubara and his Deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu who are asking an Abuja court to stop the national headquarters of the PDP from suspending them.
Also in court, is the State Chairman of the PDP in Rivers State, Ambassador Desmond Akawor.
Given what has transpired in the APC where Oshiomhole was removed from office under similar circumstances, the PDP Chairman would be walking the rough edge of a razor sharp cliff.
Yesterday night, mixed reactions greeted the suspension of Iyorchia Ayu whose ascension to power in the PDP has stirred a raging storm.
While some PDP members told the Telegraph last night that the move against Ayu was long overdue, others worried by the situation lamented that whatever is left of the PDP could be blown to pieces if nothing is done to end the infighting.
Pending what will happen in the court room, Ayu has lost the right to preside over party matters.
Despite claiming that he is a powerful titan in the PDP, what has happened in his backyard, shameful as it is, has shown how weak and vulnerable the National Chairman is where it matters most.
Meanwhile, Nigerians are waiting to see what the reaction of the PDP will be.
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