Fresh information has emerged that the ongoing crisis within the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) might end only if the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu can tender a sincere apology to the five aggrieved governors of the party known as the G5.
Naija News reports that a source close to one of the aggrieved governors told Punch that Ayu is the reason the G5 governors are bent on working against the party’s flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar and that they have nothing personal against him.
The source said if only Ayu who made a promise but reneged on it, would be diplomatic about his utterances and render an apology, then peace would be given a chance.
The G5 governors led by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike have demanded that the national chairman resigns, on the grounds that the party cannot have a presidential candidate and its chairman from the same regional bloc.
The source told Punch that “The governors are aware of the implication of teaming up with a presidential candidate of another party. They are not blaming Atiku much even though they believe he could have done more.
“The problem is Ayu who made a promise but reneged on it. I think things would change if the man (the national chairman) can be diplomatic in his speeches. It takes nothing from him to just apologise to these governors for peace to reign.”
Similarly, an associate of the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, who is the chairman of the G5 governors blamed Ayu for the lingering crisis in the PDP, noting that he is arrogance has kept on fueling the crisis.
Ortom’s associate, who also pleaded anonymity told Punch that the crisis would have been over by now if the Ayu was humble enough to reach out to the aggrieved party and talk less.
He said, “Ayu is the reason the party is still talking about reconciliation efforts till now. Governor Ortom called him and said, ‘Chairman, you should be happy that I am part of the G-5’. He promised to take him around to see his colleagues. But Ayu’s utterances have made reconciliation difficult. The man is too arrogant.
“He speaks as if he is the only one that went to school. You know he once called the governor’s children, who were not there when they formed the party. When he attends public functions, he speaks in a manner no party leader would talk. APC chairman, Abdullahi Adamu will not speak of their governors like that no matter how much they disagree with him.
“Are the governors ready to sheathe their swords? I will say yes. However, the national chairman should be mindful of his utterances. As an elder, he must learn how to stay calm.”
Meanwhile, Naija News understand that the Media Adviser to Atiku, Paul Ibe has disclosed that his principal is making fresh moves to broker peace with the aggrieved governors.
According to him, “When the aggrieved governors said they were open to reconciliation, we issued a statement in which His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, welcomed the idea and reiterated his commitment to mediation. As we speak, a lot of engagements are going on but we don’t want this to be a media thing.
“Talks are ongoing and we are very sure this crisis will be over and everyone, including the G-5, will come on board and join the campaign council before the February election.”