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Ortom breaks ranks with Wike, says he wants Ayu to remain chairman

Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue state, says he is not among those calling for the removal of Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement issued by Nathaniel Ikyur, his chief press secretary, Ortom said he has confidence in Ayu’s ability to lead the party to victory in next year’s general election.

He said 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 Nyesom Wike and allies want Ayu removed from the chairmanship of the party.