By Ortidin Loho
A group known as Network of Benue Professionals, NBF, has commended Governor Samuel Ortom for his call on the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to either reconcile with aggrieved members of the party or resign his position.
The National Coordinator, Dr.Obed Kuhwa, in a statement said, Ayu should honour his words and resign as he promised when he was made the national chairman of the party, adding that it will also save the image of Benue people which is currently in bad light.
Also, the Group praised Governor Ortom for standing on the path of truth and fairness not minding who is involved.
The statement reads: “The Network of Benue Professionals, NBF commends Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for calling on the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu to either reconcile with aggrieved members of the party or resign from his position.
“Governor Ortom had during an emergency meeting of the state Executive Council yesterday called on Dr. Ayu who had promised to resign if the presidential ticket of the party went to the North to honour his words.
“The NBF therefore sees the bold steps taken by Ortom to advice the PDP National Chairman to respect what he (Ayu) said as a positive development that can only come from a courageous and honest man with conscience.
The body observes that Dr. Ayu made that pledge on his own volition without pressure from any quarters and as such, should resign honourably even without being told to avoid dragging his name in the mud.
“It equally commends Governor Ortom for standing for the truth and calling for justice, fairness, transparency and honesty on the part of Dr. Ayu, not minding the resentment from those who are deliberately blind to the missteps of the PDP National Chairman.
“The NBF regrets that Dr. Ayu’s indiscretion and disregard for honesty are a threat to the good name of Benue people as that could put a question mark to their attitude towards those who assist them to achieve their dreams.
“The body therefore calls on Dr. Ayu to heed the call by Governor Ortom to either resign or make haste to mend fences with those aggrieved by the happenings in the PDP occasioned partly by his actions and inaction.
“It urges the PDP helmsman not to see the counsel by Governor Ortom as ill-intentioned, but as an honest show of love from a brother to enable him (Ayu) to see reason and avoid tainting his political image and serving as a clog to subsequent aspirations by Benue people.
“The NBF advices those who prefer hurling missiles at Governor Ortom over the Ayu-saga to have a rethink and prevail on Dr. Ayu to come down from his high horse and do that which would grant him political survival now and in the future.
“The network wishes to make it clear that an average Benue man is not an ingrate and the action of one man who decides to be an exception should not be used as a yardstick for judging a whole.
“It appreciates all those who contributed in one way or another to seeing that Dr. Ayu became the National Chairman of the PDP and appeals to them not to hesitate to stand up and support any Benue man or woman whenever there is need.”