Rivers Gov. Nyesom Wike has said the children of the national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP – Iyorchia Ayu, would disown him (their father) if the things he had done in the party were made public.
Wike disclosed this Friday in Port Harcourt during a media chat.
Wike, who has been spearheading the removal of Ayu from office, also alleged that the PDP national chairman received N100 million bribe from a sitting governor.
“In fact, let me also tell you, Ayu collected N100 million from a governor,” he said.
“If not for the love of this party, if we release what we have, Ayu’s children will go to him and say ‘we are no longer your children.”’
Wike said Ayu had no integrity, alleging that the chairman also received double pay for a single project.
He maintained that the former senate president had no locus to stand before Nigerians and campaign for PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections.
On the N1bn he accused Ayu of collecting, the governor said: “There cannot be any comment. He (Ayu) cannot say anything. Look, I am the governor of Rivers state and I don’t just come out to speak.
“Let Ayu say he did not collect N1 billion. In fact, let me also tell you, Ayu collected N100 million naira from a Governor that he was going to renovate our democratic institution and then he (Ayu) went back to the PDP NWC and took the same N100 million naira for doing the same work.
“What kind of system is that? I am telling you all these are facts. Let him (Ayu) say no first and I will tell you (those he collected money from).
“A leader must be a man of integrity. And I have realised that people find it hard to have that (integrity) lately. You are presenting a man (Ayu) who lacked integrity as chairman of the party. Somebody that wants to lead a campaign to take the reigns of government?
“What is the problem with what we are asking of Ayu? We are saying let there be equity, let there be fairness and justice. But if you don’t want it that way then you are the one causing the crisis (in the party) and that shows you (Ayu) don’t have leadership skills because this is the time to show it. This is the time to show leadership skills on the part of those who are leaders of the party.”