The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, has urged all members to support the party’s campaign in advance of the general election in 2023.
At the PDP presidential rally’s flag-off on Monday in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, Ayu made this statement.
The PDP requires every member to “come on board” and campaign for the party’s triumph in the 2023 elections, according to Ayu, who was making a dig at the supporters of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Before Ayu’s resignation as national chairman, Wike and his followers had promised not to take part in the PDP’s presidential campaign.
The Rivers governor and his allies, including; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu were absent from the flag-off ceremony on Monday.
Ayu expressed optimism over the party’s chances, saying the campaign is off to a “slow” start so that other aggrieved members can join.
“We are moving slowly so that those who are yet on board will join us on the train. It is important for us as leaders. Nigeria is not interested in our personal quarrels; Nigeria is waiting for us to come and rescue them from what is worrying them,” he said.
“Nigerians are hungry; Nigerians are suffering from all sorts of sickness; Nigerians cannot move from one point to another without worries; Nigerians cannot sleep because of insecurity.
“Nigerians are getting more and more divided; Nigerians are complaining and are hoping that what we did for them in the last 16 years, we will come back and do it for them again.
“Let us all join hands together because we have the solution. Already, we have penned down the covenant with Nigerians. We will restore the economy to its glory.
“All young people will get jobs; the economy will grow; there will be more industries. Every PDP governor has performed well. Therefore, when we get to power from state houses of assembly to the state governors, and the national assembly, we need all of them to support our president who is coming to power next year to redeem Nigerians. PDP will not disappoint you.”