The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has appointed Umar Damagum, to oversee the affairs of the party in acting capacity.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, announced this at a press conference on Tuesday, at the party’s secretariat.
Damagun will replace Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman of the party.
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Damagum will assume office as the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, pending the determination of the case in court.
The embattled Ayu had been forbidden by a Makurdi high court from posing as the party’s chairman while the substantive suit, whose hearing has been postponed until April 17, 2023, was being decided.
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 national chairman of the party.
After obtaining the court order, the plaintiff spoke to journalists in Makurdi and stated that it is wrong for Ayu to continue holding the position of the national chairman and further splinter the party after being suspended by his Igyorov Ward Exco on Sunday.
Ayu was suspended late last week for anti-party activities after the party lost the presidential election.
However, the former lawmaker claimed that only the ward lacked the authority to suspend him in a statement released on Monday by his media assistant Simon Imobo-Tswam.
On Monday, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State and Ayu’s political adversary in the PDP, declared his joy over the Benue State ward exco’s rejection of Ayu.
“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.
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