BREAKING: Court Stops Iyorchia Ayu as PDP National Chairman
- The crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken another dimension as a state high court in Benue stopped Iyorchia Ayu as the party's national chairman
- On Monday, March 27, Justice W.I. Kpochi, gave the interim order which restrained Ayu from parading himself as the PDP chairman
- Recall that the executive committee of the PDP in Igyorov Ward of Gboko local government area of Benue state had earlier suspended Ayu on Sunday, March 26
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Markurdi, Benue state - A high court in Makurdi, Benue state, has issued an interim injunction restraining Dr Iyorchia Ayu from parading himself as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presiding judge, Justice W.I. Kpochi, gave the interim order on Monday, March 27, The Nation reported.
A member of the PDP from Benue, Terhide Utaan, obtained the order restraining Ayu from parading himself as national chairman of the party pending the determination of the substantive suit which has been adjourned to April 17, 2023, for hearing, Channels TV also stated.
Legit.ng recalls that Ayu was suspended for anti-party activities in the wake of the party’s loss in the presidential election.
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The executive committee of the PDP in Igyorov Ward of Gboko local government area of Benue state suspended Ayu on Sunday, March 26.
How Governor Wike reacts to Iyochia Ayu's suspension
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has reacted to Ayu's suspension as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He stated that he supports the move because Ayu played a major role in the colossal failure of the PDP in the 2023 general elections.
“I am in support of the suspension,” Wike replied when asked if he was behind the actions of the PDP officials in Benue.
Iyorchia Ayu speaks on suspension as PDP national chairman
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the embattled national chairman of the PDP, Ayu, said his ward leaders in his constituency in Benue state do not have the statutory power to suspend him.
Ayu hails from the Igyorov Ward in the Gboko local government area of Benue state. However, the PDP national chairman said he could not be suspended by a group of illiterates who know little or nothing about the party's constitution.
Ayu described the move to suspend him as a fraud that would not hold water even if attempted.