Reprieve seems not to be in sight between the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu and Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as the former said he has the power to stop Ortom from realising his senatorial ambition on the platform of the party.
The duo who hail from Benue North West senatorial district engaged have had a disagreement shortly after the party presidential primary election that produced Abubakar Atiku as the party’s standard bearer against Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who was the choice of some governors including Ortom.
Since then, Wike alongside his counterparts in Benue, Oyo, Abia and Enugu has repeatedly called for the resignation of Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the party chairman as the only panacea to restore peace to the main opposition party.
The Ayu/Ortom feud which has split the party in Benue State is threatening the senatorial ambition of the governor with Ayu kinsmen in the Jemgbah axis accusing the governor of teaming up with others to pull down their son from his exalted office.
Addressing the crowd that welcomed him home in Gboko, Senator Ayu who spoke in the Tiv dialect told his people that he had the power to stop any candidate under the party, particularly in the state to avenge all the attacks on him.
But he added that as a father of all and in his quest to avoid a crack in the party, he has decided to remain silent while admonishing his people not to be afraid of what some politicians are saying.
He also called on the people of the state to vote massively for the party to be able to win in all the elections.