Newly elected National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has hinted that the party under his leadership will focus on youths and women inclusiveness to improve the party’s fortunes in the country.
He spoke Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Abuja while addressing an excited Benue delegates and PDP stakeholders at the Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, after his emergence in the just concluded National Convention of the party.
Senator Ayu explained that young people play pivotal roles in winning elections and urged PDP faithful to reach out to as many as possible arguing that big names matter but should not be the only alternative in prosecuting elections.
“Let us reach out to everyone. But we’ll particularly focus on youths and emphasise on their inclusion in participation for us to attain our goal. These are a critical part on our drive to reposition the party for future victory,” Ayu said.
The PDP National Chairman-elect, who emerged through consensus, also described the arrangement as a viable political tool that should be encouraged as it represents unity of purpose and strong internal democracy.
The former Senate President who is the third Benue son to become the National Chairman of the PDP, acknowledged the support of Governor Ortom, Senators David Mark, Gabriel Suswam and other stakeholders across the country to his emergence, saying he will not disappoint the confidence reposed in him.
Speaking, Governor Samuel Ortom charged all to take responsibility for taking Nigerians from bottom to top, stressing that it is a worrisome development when kidnappers now snap with their victims without masks and post on social media.
The Governor harped on justice, equity and fairness at all times, saying imposition in whatever form should not have a place in the PDP under the leadership of Senator Ayu.
Senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam encouraged Benue people to unite and cease from pulling down their leaders and creating unnecessary gulf between leaders in the state, stressing that “it is this unity between myself, the governor and Senator David Mark that ensured that Ayu emerged National chairman.”
Others, Senator Orker Jev representing Benue North West, State Chairman of PDP, Mr. John Ngbede, Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba and Chairman, House of Representatives Caucus from Benue, Mr. Samson Okwu, among others urged Benue people to rally round the National Chairman to not only succeed in his new assignment but to ensure victory of the party come 2023 polls.