Court Suspends Iyorchia Ayu As PDP National Chairman

By Damilare Adeleye

A High Court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, has suspended National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, as chairman of the party.

The court restrained the embattled chairman from parading himself as the leader of the opposition party pending the determination of the substantive suit which has been adjourned to April 17, 2023 for hearing.

It was learnt that a member of the PDP from Benue, Terhide Utaan, who is the plaintiff before Justice W. I Kpochi, obtained the order restraining Ayu from parading himself as the national chairman of the party.

This judgement is also coming after Ayu was suspended late last week for anti-party activities following the loss of the party in the presidential election.

But in a Monday statement through his media aide Simon Imobo-Tswam, the embattled Chairman argued that the ward lacked the powers to suspend him.

Ayu’s political rival in the PDP and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Monday, said he is elated that Benue State ward exco passed a vote of no confidence on him.

“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 said.