BREAKING: PDP Substitutes Ayu as National Chairman, Reveals Replacement

BREAKING: PDP Substitutes Ayu as National Chairman, Reveals Replacement

  • The heat is on in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the crisis within the party hits a new dimension
  • Emerging reports have confirmed that the party has replaced the suspended national chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu with Umar Damagum
  • Damagum is expected to function on an interim basis, pending when the National Working Committee reaches a compromise for a new chairman

FCT, Abuja - The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has replaced its suspended national chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu with Umar Damagum as the interim chairman.

As reported by The Nation, Damagum, before his interim appointment, was the deputy national chairman (North).

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Umar Damagum said he is still studying the court ruling that ordered the suspension of Senator Ayu. Photo: Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagum
Source: Facebook

The move by the PDP would restrain Ayu from parading as the party's national chairman.

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Meanwhile, Senator Ayu has stepped aside following a ruling by the High Court in Benue state.

On Monday, March 27, the court ordered Ayu to step aside in a suit filed by his Igyorov Council Ward in Gboko local government area, Benue State.

As reported by the Vanguard newspaper, Ayu was suspended by his ward because he engaged in anti-party activities during the election period. He was also accused of not paying his membership dues at the ward level.

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Meanwhile, during a press briefing at the PDP national headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, March 28, the acting national chairman says he is still studying the court's ruling before making an official statement regarding his appointment.

"...when I am fully briefed, I will call you again and have a session. A question and answer session. I'm sure you people are eager to ask so many questions.

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"Now, I might not be in the rightful position to say much...there is already a court order. I don't know what the order means, I have to study it first."

PDP crisis worsens as Governor Wike reveals his plan for Iyorchia Ayu

Meanwhile, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has again tackled the national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu.

Wike said his fight with the PDP national chairman has just started, insisting that Ayu does not deserve to lead the main opposition party.

The Rivers state governor warned other PDP stakeholders against siding with Ayu, who has been suspended by his ward executives in Benue.


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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email:

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