Suspended National chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Iorchia Ayu has been restrained from parading himself as the party’s national chairman by a High Court in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The court order by Justice W. I Kpochi hence pends the determination of the substantive suit which has been adjourned to April 17, 2023 for hearing.
The plaintiff, Terhide Utaan who is a member of the PDP from Benue, obtained the order restraining Ayu from parading himself as national chairman of the party.
Addressing journalists in Makurdi after obtaining the court order, the plaintiff said following the suspension of Ayu by his Igyorov Ward Exco on Sunday, it is wrong for him to keep up with the office of national chairman and further disunite the party.
Ayu was suspended late last week for anti-party activities in the wake of the party’s loss in the presidential election.
But in a Monday statement by his media aide Simon Imobo-Tswam, the former lawmaker argued that only 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 in 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.