Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday said he has no hand in the current travails of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
The governor while replying the Jemgbagh Development Association, Abuja chapter, said it is outright mischief for anyone, includng the group, to accuse him of working against Ayu.
Ortom, in a press statement signed by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, said it is an open secret that the governor worked tirelessly, alongside other prominent Benue citizens to elect Ayu as the PDP national chairman even against all odds.
He added that he cannot therefore turn around to work against him to be removed from office.
“In the run up to the National Convention, Governor Ortom got the backing of many leaders of the PDP who believed his sense of judgment when he vouched for the integrity and capacity of Dr Iyorchia Ayu to lead and rebuild the PDP to victory and rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the APC maladministrarion. That is why Ayu was returned unopposed by the Northern caucus of the party and got elected as the national chairman of the PDP at the party’s convention.
“Where was Jemgbagh Development Association when Governor Ortom galvanised support from across the leaders of the party to make Dr. Ayu national chairman? What was their contribution into that project that they now want to use clannish stance to blackmail the Governor?.