Mr. Iyorchia Ayu must have relaxed now that the northern region has adopted him as the consensus candidate for the PDP national chairman's office. But while he is looking forward to getting the final approval, there are two mistakes he needs to avoid.
Mr. Ayu needs ro understand one fact that he is really lucky to enjoy the support of the northern region that adopted him as the consensus candidate. Initially, it was reported that Mr. David Mark would have the opportunity. But the decision of the northern PDP leaders is to consider Iyorchia Ayu.
Now, Mr. Ayu needs to avoid a mistake of being loyal to the northern leaders of the PDP alone. Although the leaders adopted him and endorsed him to become the national chairman of the party, it would be a mistake on his part to concentrate his attention and loyalty to the northern region.
Of course, some powerful members of the PDP must have pulled strings for him so as to clear the way. Before the adoption of his candidacy, lots of activities would have taken place in the northern region. Yes, the PDP zones its chairmanship to the northern region. But Ayu needs to be loyal to all and sundry in the party if he wants to maintain the seat for long.
There would be agitation for the PDP ticket very soon. There would be aspirants from both northern and southern region. As a matter of fact, the issue would cause a bit of rancour within the party. He should remember the demand of the southern governors that power must shift to southern Nigeria.
At the same time, he should remember that the northern governors have also opposed the idea of zoning. Anyway, the PDP has concluded about the matter and the party has thrown the race open for all interested politicians. Yet, Mr. Ayu should avoid a mistake of favouring a region or candidate over others.
The second mistake is that he should avoid any form of personal issue with the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom. If Mr. Ayu would have issues, they may start from the same Benue State. There are examples.
Mr. Adams Oshiomole began to have problems in Edo State. The little crisis, which could have been resolved, escalated to the extent that he ended up losing his job. Mr. Oshiomole specifically had issues with Godwin Obaseki.
Likewise, Mr. Uche Secondus had some issues with Mr. Nyesom Wike, who vehemently insisted that Secondus must go. Both Wike and Secondus are from the same state. Mr Ayu should learn a lesson from this. And he shouldn't have any political issue with Mr. Samuel Ortom, the Benue State governor.
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