Ayu meets Guber candidates, aims for 25 governor seats

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman Dr Iyorchia Ayu has said the party’s goal in the 2023 general election is not only to win the presidency, but also to secure at least 25 governor seats.

He claimed that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the main opposition party had an interactive session with the party’s governor candidates at the national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the candidates have informed the party leadership of the various efforts they are making to win their elections

The party chief also stated that where there were problems, they have now been clarified.

Ayu said: “The candidates came to express their concerns in their different states, and informed us about the efforts they are making in their different states to win the elections. As you know, the elections will be won in the states, not just at the national level.

“I am very pleased with the progress that has been made so far in several states and with some of the minor issues that we have clarified and it was an extremely helpful meeting.

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“So we are happy that the members of the party are determined that we are not just winning at the national level, the States of Assembly, the National Assembly, the state governorship, we want to give back about 25 state governors or more if we had. So the mood in the party is excellent.”

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Speaking after the event, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed said he was unaware that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike was meeting with other political parties.

Rivers governor and his supporters had met with Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate and it was also speculated that they had met with All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flag bearer Bola Tinubu.

Rivers governor and his supporters have yet to back PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar over his choice of governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

The governor of Bauchi, who answered questions from reporters, assured that the PDP remains united.

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He stated: “The chairman has already spoken. You know we are loyal party members. We believe in the supremacy and sanctity of the party and he has already told you that the mood is excellent.

“The candidates come together and unite the party to discuss, even about reconciliation. So it is a very democratic party. He is open and we have asked him all the questions we need to ask about how to win the elections and then the strategies are ours.

“We don’t need to relate it to the media right now, but we’re definitely on track.

“I am not aware of the meeting between other party members and Governor Wike.”

Isa Mohammed Ashiru, the PDP’s Kaduna governor candidate and chairman of the PDP Governors Candidate Forum, noted that they came to the national leadership to discuss the way forward to the 2023 elections.

“We are here for a consultation meeting with our leaders on the way forward and we have extensive discussions and positions on the 2023 elections and we are home and dry. We don’t have a crisis in PDP,” he said.

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2023: Our goal is to win the presidency, 25 governor seats ― Ayu

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