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AS political horse trading for the forthcoming 2023 presidential election gather more steam, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been described as a party bigger than any one person or group of persons, including Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike Iyorchia.

  National Chairman of PDP, Senator Iorchia Ayu, gave the warning during a BBC Hausa Services interview, yesterday.

  Calling the bluff of those behind calls for his resignation while describing them as children, Ayu totally ruled out possibilities of resigning from his position.

  Ayu premised his position on the grounds that he was duly elected.

  “I was elected PDP National President for four years, now I am not even one year old. The issue of Atiku’s election does not apply to the position of party leader. I won the election. In our constitution, we have done this. I haven’t done anything wrong, I’m reforming the party, the noise is not bothering me. I know that I am working, I have not stolen money, I have not committed any crime, so I do not see anything to talk about. Wike or no Wike would not hinder the party’s success in the 2023 election, because the party is bigger than anyone or group. When we started the PDP journey, we did not see these children. They are children who do not know why we established this party. We will not allow one person to come and destroy our party,” he said.

  In another development, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu has been advised to forget about former President Goodluck Jonathan’s support.

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  Jonathan’s aide, Reno Omokri, gave the warning in a post on his Twitter handle, yesterday, while reacting to Tinubu’s visit to his principal ahead of the 2023 general elections.

  It will be recalled that Tinubu, his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima had earlier visited Jonathan with five APC governors in his Abuja residence where they held a closed-door meeting.

  Also, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, scheduled September 14 as new hearing date for the suit filed by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers against People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

  Justice Ahmed Mohammed fixed the date after granting a motion on notice for an extension of time filed by PDP, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Atiku.

  Although Governor Wike had, recently, denied filing any suit against the party and its presidential candidate, the  party and others were represented in court, except INEC’s counsel, who was not in court.

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