Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, put pressure on other presidential aspirants to step down for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the party’s convention.
Mr Wike stated this in a live media chat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday.
He said Mr Ayu was calling aspirants on the phone to withdraw from the race for Mr Atiku, and that he even threatened to resign his office if he (Wike) wins the primary.
Governor Wike said the national chairman held several meetings with aspirants in this regard, hence the convention started late.
The governor said the “thunderous ovation that greeted his speech” at the national convention became a problem to Mr Ayu and other members of the party.
Mr Wike expressed annoyance at the chairman of the convention planning committee, David Mark, for offering Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State a second chance to speak at the convention.