The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has accused the All Progressives Congress of planting fake stories credited to him against the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
In a statement on Saturday, the former Senate President distanced himself from social media posts which quoted him as demeaning the Rivers helmsman.
Ayu described the comments as “mischievous and senseless.”
“One post, (from one Lawal Garba, but purporting to be from the PDP national chairman) states that Ayu says he cannot talk to a man who “cannot father a child.” Another post, with a photograph of Wike and a lady with some children (from Igbere TV), claims that the governor is not “the biological father of his three kids.”
“Nothing can be more diabolical, senseless and amateurish. Descending so low is neither in Ayu’s character nor nature. Those planting these stories against the PDP and her national chairman are simply showing their lack of intelligence.
“We state, categorically and without equivocation, that the posts are completely false. Even the inelegant construction of the posts puts them beneath Ayu.
“Dr Ayu never said anything after Wike’s statements yesterday, and does not intend to say anything in response.
“This is even more senseless as the national chairman has met Gov. Wike’s children a number of times. We advise the APC and other mischievous people engaged in this shameful and criminal enterprise to be more professional next time.
“As for the Lawal Garba and Igbere TV, if they do not desist from this evil path, we may be forced to invite security agents into the matter,” the statement signed by Ayu’s spokesman, Simon Imobo-Tswam, read.
Ayu and Wike have been locked in a cold war since the Rivers Governor lost the presidential ticket of the opposition party to former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.
Ayu had lauded the primary, hailing Governor Aminu Tambuwal who stepped down for Atiku as the hero of the convention.
Wike had subsequently accused Ayu of bias, saying he was unfit to lead the PDP.
The PDP chairman in an interview with BBC Hausa Service last Tuesday dismissed the clamour for his resignation by Wike and his loyalists, describing them as youngsters who lacked the knowledge about how the party was formed.