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PDP replaces Ayu with Damagum as National Chairman


PDP replaces Ayu with Damagum as National Chairman

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Umar Damagum as the acting National Chairman of the party.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at an emergency meeting today, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, acknowledge the Order of the Benue State High Court, dated March 27, 2023, with regards to the Chairmanship position of our great Party,” the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, said in a statement.

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“After a careful consideration of the Court Order and in line with Section 45 (2) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017), the NWC resolved that the Deputy National Chairman (North) His Excellency, Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum assumes the National Chairmanship of our Party in an acting capacity with effect from today, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.”

He replaces Iyorchia Ayu who was suspended by his ward in Benue State for anti-party activities. Until the outcome of the substantive suit which has been adjourned to April 17, 2023, for a hearing, the court had restrained Ayu from parading himself as the party’s chairman.

A member of the party from Benue Terhide Utaan, who is the plaintiff before Justice W. I Kpochi, obtained the order stopping Ayu from parading himself as national chairman of the party.

After obtaining the court order, the plaintiff told journalists that it was wrong for Ayu to continue as the national chairman of the party following his suspension by his Igyorov Ward Exco. He argued that such a move will further destabilize the PDP.

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