PDP National Chairman Ayu gaffle says PDP has brought us shame
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, made a gaffe on Thursday during the party’s presidential campaign held in Kano State.
Ayu said that the PDP had brought shame and should not be retained in power.
He intended to mean the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The rally was held at the Sani Abacha Stadium in the state.
While speaking on the reasons the people of the state should not vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ayu said: “PDP has brought us shame”, but after a few seconds, he corrected himself and said “APC”.
Ayu said if Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, is elected, policies that will improve the country’s economy will be implemented.
“They are full of lies. They have nothing to offer the ‘talakas’ (poor) in Nigeria. We will come back. Our president, Atiku Abubakar, who you will vote to power in the next few weeks, we will rally around him. We will discuss our policies, and we will see where it is affecting you. We will make sure we implement a successful policy that will bring back Nigeria to its glory,” Ayu said.
“We are supposed to be the leaders in Africa and everywhere in the world, we should be respected. PDP has brought us shame and we will not continue to retain them in power… APC.
“Vote for PDP from top to bottom, from bottom to top; Atiku Abubakar as president.”
Ayu’s gaffe is the latest in a string of slip-ups by presidential candidates.
On December 13, 2022, the PDP presidential candidate, while speaking at the party’s campaign rally in Plateau state, begged the people of the state to “ensure that you vote for A… I mean PDP this time around”.
Weeks before, Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had said: “God bless PD…APC”.
Meanwhile, one of the spokespersons for the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, posted the video clip on his verified Twitter handle.
“In Kano today, Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman, confessed that PDP has brought shame and we should not retain them in power.
“This obvious costly slip-of-tongue will not make any headlines. Watch out for some press reports on this!,” he tweeted.