Following Ayu’s resignation, the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has appointed Umar Damagum, to serve as acting national chairman of the party.
Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, made this known at a press conference which held on Tuesday, at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
Her statement reads,
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.
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 Ililya Damagum assumes the National Chairmanship of our Party in acting capacity with effect from today, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders, teeming members and supporters of our great Party to remain calm and united at this critical time.
Recall that Iorchia Ayu was suspended during the week by his ward (Igyorov) branch of the party.
This was followed by a high court order restraining him from parading himself as the PDP national chairman.