The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has dared the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, to sue him if he is innocent of the corruption accusation levelled against him.
Wike stated this while speaking at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium during the flag-off of the PDP state-level campaigns on Saturday.
The governor and his allies have been demanding Ayu’s resignation, claiming it violates the party’s constitution for the national chairman to come from the same region as the presidential candidate.
Ayu is from Benue in the north-central, while Atiku Abubakar, the PDP standard bearer, hails from Adamawa in Nigeria’s north-east.
Wike also alleged that Ayu received N1billion from a presidential aspirant and another N100million from a governor to do a project already paid for by the party.
But Ayu denied both claims.
However, at the flag-off, Wike said: “Nobody will listen to a campaign led by a corrupt man. Ayu is corrupt. Rivers people are hurt. Ayu, you are fighting corruption, how do you fight corruption? I said you took N1bn. I told you, you took the money we realised from the primaries. Ayu sue me!
“You cannot fight Rivers State and go free.
“Ayu, you cannot lead me or Rivers State to any campaign, because you are very corrupt.”