The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has denied collecting any money from a governor of the former ruling party.
Senator Ayu was reacting to the N1 billion corruption allegation by Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, during a media parley early on Friday at the Rivers State Government house in Port Harcourt.
The PDP chairman said, he never collected any money as an individual from any governor or individual.
He added that all monies received on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party were duly remitted to the PDP treasury.
He, however, noted that a governor of the party donated N100m for the renovation of the PDP’s Democratic Institute, and the money has not even been exhausted as the renovation is ongoing.
The National Chairman has had a running battle with 5 governors of the party led by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
The Governors are now referred to as the G5 group of Governors.
It will be recalled that Governor Wike in a media parley earlier on Friday made a lot of Sundry allegations of Corruption against Dr Ayu.
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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has continued his offensive against what he described as Injustice and Inequality within the Peoples Democratic Party.
Governor Wike who hosted Senior Journalists from the Nigerian Television Authority, TVC News, African Independent Television, AIT, nad Channels Television to a Media Chat in Port Harcourt said all he is fighting for within the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Governor who described the current situation within the party as unfortunate added that he will not stop fighting injustice within the Peoples Democratic Party said the party’s Nationala Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu has lost any moral right to remain in office.
He said his stewardship of the party has led to great division and he can no longer remain in office as the National Chairman having failed in his position as an impartial arbiter of the interests of all contending groups within the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said his role within the Peoples Democratic Party especially during the Party’s Presidential Primary is an ignoble one that needs no soothsayer to show his obvious partisanship.
He added that the Chairman has also soiled his hands by instituting a corruption ridden reign so far including collecting bribes from governors.
He accused the National Chairman of collecting a bribe of over N100 Million from a serving governor elected on the platform of the party.
Going Further Governor Wike said if he reveals what he knows about the Corruption ridden reign of Dr Ayu so far his Children will disown him publicly.
On whether its possible to heal the rift within the party’s ranks that has seen its Presidential campaign boycotted so far by 5 governors led by him and the National Chairman’s own State Governor, Samuel Ortom, of Benue, he said everything is possible.
He disclosed that he has shown his love for the Peoples Democratic Party by declaring that he will not leave but campaign for the party and its candidates but adds that their must be equity within its ranks.
He dismissed that alleged report of the suspension of the party’s Presidential campaign wondering where people are getting the kind of stories being peddled around lately.