Inspite of what many Nigerians will described as initial ‘Gragra’, embattled National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator lyorchia Ayu has succumbed to the pressure from some party Chieftains and members, calling for his sack.
This coming as a reliable source from the party confirmed that Ayu has finally stepped aside, as Party’s National Chairman.
NigeriaCheck Newspaper also gathered that Ayu has immediately been replaced with the Deputy National Chairman, North, Umar Iliya Damagum.
Damagum will now assume office, as the acting National Chairman of the PDP, pending the determination of the matter in Court.
Justice W. I. Kpochi of a State High Court, sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, had restrained the embattled Chairman from parading himself, as the National Chairman of the party, pending the determination of the substantive suit, which is scheduled for hearing on 17 April 2023.
A member of the PDP from Benue state and plaintiff in the case, Terhide Utaan, had obtained the restraining order against the embattled Chairman.
Addressing newsmen, in Makurdi, after obtaining the Court order, the plaintiff said, following the suspension of Ayu by his Igyorov Ward Executive, on Sunday, it was wrong for him to retain his seat, as Chairman.
Ayu was suspended late last week for anti-party activities following the party’s abysmal performance at the Presidential election.
But, in a statement by his Media Aide, Simon Imobo-Tswam, on Monday, the former lawmaker argued that the Ward Executive lacked powers to suspend him.
Ayu’s political rival in the party and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday, said he is elated that the Benue State Ward Executive 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.
Prior to the latest development, there had been intense calls for Ayu to step aside for a Southerner to take over as the party Chairman.