Mixed reactions have trailed the statement by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State that he is not among those calling for the removal of Iyorchia Ayu as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Benue governor stated that he can’t advocate the removal of someone he helped to appoint, and reasserted his confidence in Ayu’s ability to lead the party to victory in next year’s general election.
According to Ortom, it was an open secret that he worked tirelessly, alongside other prominent Benue citizens, to ensure that Ayu was elected “as the national chairman of our great party even against all odds.”
Governor Ortom stated that he could not, therefore, turn around to work against him to be removed from office.
He was reacting to accusations by a group, Jemgbagh Development Association, that he was involved in the ouster moves against the PDP national chairman, a fellow Benue man.
This is coming as a surprise to many based on the position of his close ally, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
However, netizens have taken to the micro-blogging platform, Twitter to express their views on the statement made by Governor Ortom.
Below are some of the reactions…
Gov. Ortom Breaks with Wike, Says He’s Not Supporting Ayu’s Removal. 😂— DAN_BORNO (@DanBornoReal) September 27, 2022
Thank you, Governor Ortom. Na man you be— OBIANUJUAKU (@HRH_Ujuaku) September 27, 2022
PDP crisis: Ortom breaks ranks with Wike, backs Ayu to stay as party chair.— D Mouthpiece Of APC 🇳🇬 (@AyebagbalinyoS) September 27, 2022
Ortom leaves Wike!— Jake (@Hitee_) September 27, 2022
Governor Ortom finally joins the Atiku camp. Knows Atiku is the best man to win in 2023.— Forlán (@Viqforlan) September 27, 2022
Interesting times ahead for the PDP.
Wike and Ortom meeting with Tinubu and Shettima in London as I tweet.— Cross˚ (@Elkrosmediahub) September 26, 2022
Tinubu really wants to end PDP from the inside🤣🤣
Ortom don save him head. Them no they tell person, how will you be supporting the removal of Ayu. Wike is standing on his own. If he likes he should meet with Tinubu and Shettima. That is his business.— Emma ik Umeh (Tcee )🇳🇬 (@emmaikumeh) September 27, 2022
No surprises: votes from the LGAs dominated by Ayu’s Jemgbagh kinsmen are quite massive in his senatorial district with about 3 LGAs.— 'Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) September 27, 2022
Ortom’s election is on the ballot, same day as the presidential election.
Politicians will sort themselves, focus on citizen interest. https://t.co/nx19fuA79m
I said Ortom would betray Wike…them say how…see am https://t.co/lyU2DNnrv5— Urch (@u_ugwuzion) September 27, 2022
Gov. Ortom Breaks with Wike, Says He’s Not Supporting Ayu’s Removal. B gd. pic.twitter.com/wFjxEJZWx2— Oyewole Michael 🇳🇬 (@Rolex7Michael) September 27, 2022
The Atiku camp successfully triggers Ortom’s Buy-out clause. Set for medicals today— Jamiu Julius Adébáyò (@ItsJayjam) September 27, 2022
He has said his goodbyes to the Wike estadio Bernabeu fans already pic.twitter.com/s6eBgZyLW5
This article was originally published on Naija News