Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has backed the suspension of Iyorchia Ayu, the embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Ayu, suspended by the ward executives of the opposition party in Gboko local government area in Benue State at the weekend, was accused of anti-party activities and failure to pay annual dues.
Supporting the decision of the 12 out of 17-member ward executive, Mr Wike said the embattled opposition chief played a major role in the colossal failure of the party during the just concluded 2023 general elections.
“First of all, if you are a member of the party will you be happy with the way the party is today, it is only in this country that you see someone who has failed woefully and without any conscience would still like to occupy the position,” the governor said while appearing on Channel Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.
“In advanced countries like you see and you are the head of the party, I feel like such a colossal failure you do not need anybody to tell you to turn in the towel.
“So those in his ward from Benue are angry, why are they angry before now Ayu ought to have left that office, people were saying we were pushing for Ayu to leave and that we had a hidden agenda to make PDP fail.
“Ayu remained and PDP didn’t win, you lost your unit as National Chairman you lost your ward, as National Chairman, you lost your Local government, as National Chairman of the party not only did you take a distant third in the presidential election you also lost in the state gubernatorial election.
“I am in support of the suspension in fact if he had left before now they would have said he has left and that was why the PDP failed the election” Mr Wike said.