The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has stepped down from the position.
Per a Vanguard report, the development was made known on Tuesday and it was also revealed that Ayu will be replaced by the Deputy National Chairman, (North), Umar Iliya Damagum.
Ayu was suspended late last week for anti-party activities after the party’s loss in the 2023 presidential election.
Damagum will reportedly assume office as the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, pending the determination of the case in court.
Ayu had been restrained by a High Court in Makurdi, Benue State from parading himself as the chairman of the party pending the determination of the substantive suit which has been adjourned to April 17, 2023, for hearing.
The order restraining Ayu was obtained by a member of the PDP from Benue, Terhide Utaan, who is the plaintiff before Justice W. I Kpochi.
Speaking with pressmen after obtaining the order, Utaan said it is wrong for Ayu to keep up with the position and further disunite the party.
Reacting to Ayu's suspension, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who has been at loggerheads with the former disclosed that he is elated by the decision.
“I am not from Benue State, but I am happy, and now that Benue State has done it, we would now come out and say we are in support of it,” he stated.
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