The spokesman for the United Political Party Alliance, Ikenga Ugochinyere, told the People’s Democratic Party’s (factional) gubernatorial candidate Ladi Adebutu on Sunday to focus on his faltering ambitions, “rather than Sunk with the national chairman of the troubled party, Iyorkiah Ayew.”
Ugochinyere, the PDP House candidate for the Ideato federal constituency in Imo state, described Adebutu’s outbursts against the party leader demanding Ayu’s withdrawal as false.
Adebutu recently urged Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and other party members to leave the party if they were unable to cooperate with Ayu.
Vick and five other PDP governors and some other leaders of the party, including Chief Olabode George and Ugochinyere, have been calling for Ayu’s resignation so that a new state president can emerge from the southern region.
However, Adebutu said party members who opposed Ayu could stay or leave to form their own party.
In his reaction in a statement, Ugochinyere said that only enemies of PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his ambitions would insist that Ayu should remain in power despite strong opposition to him.
While describing Adebutu’s remarks on the matter as baseless, a CUPP spokesman warned him that party politics is different from sports betting, which is his area of expertise.
He added that Adebutu had been portrayed as a clown by the party chief who left his gubernatorial campaign because of Ayu.
Part of the statement read: “It’s interesting how quickly political newbies jump into the fray to comment on issues they know little or nothing about.
“Shows rudeness and ignorance in Adebutu’s statement about the leadership crisis rocking the PDP.
“With his faltering gubernatorial ambitions in Ogun State, does Adebutu think licking Ayu’s boots will save him?
“I urge Adebutu to face his gubernatorial campaign and avoid political entanglement with Ayu. Any partisan who wants Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to win the next presidential election will not encourage Ayu to stay in power. Therefore, with With his outburst, Adebutu exposes himself to be Atiku’s enemy.
Meanwhile, the response from the Radi Adebutu Movement noted that its attention has been drawn to a statement attributed to CUPP and signed by its spokesman Ikenga Ugochinyere, claiming that Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu has asked Rivers State to Governor Wike and others left the party.
“While we do not wish to make a dignified statement by responding, it is necessary to clarify the facts in order to clear up any misunderstandings the public may harbor,” said a counter-statement signed by media director Ladi Adebutu/Akinlade campaign group Afolabi Orekoya.
Part of the statement read: “It is unfortunate that someone as knowledgeable as Ugochinyel will discredit us in the headlines of misleading stories published by some media without verifying the veracity of the statements made. and caused dissatisfaction with the principal, instead, Ugochinyel chose to join the bandwagon, creating unnecessary tension and unwarranted cheap propaganda.
“We want to put it in the right perspective, the so-called statement is aimed at dissidents and proxies of the Opposition, all progressive congresses within the OGUN PDP, who have chosen not to submit to the leadership of the PDP National Works Council and have chosen illegal acts as route map.”