Ayu must go: G5 govs, Atiku campaign clash

The post-election crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party took a new turn on Monday as a Benue State High Court, Makurdi, restrained Senator Iyorchia Ayu from parading himself as the national chairman of the party.

The restraining order marked the resumption of the hostility between a group backing the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and five governors who refused to campaign for him during the 2023 electioneering.

The court ruling came barely 24 hours after the executive of Ayu’s Igyorov Ward in the Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State suspended the PDP chairman for alleged anti-party activities.

Ayu’s suspension came four days after the National Working Committee of the PDP suspended former governors Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu) and a former Senate President, Anyim Pius, and others for alleged anti-party activities.

The party leadership also referred the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, to its disciplinary committee for the same offence.

Ortom is a member of the G-5 governors comprising governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) who are insisting on the removal of Ayu to address the lopsidedness in the leadership of the party which they alleged was skewed in favour of the North.

Announcing Ayu’s suspension on Sunday, the Ward Secretary, Mr Vangeryina Dooyum, who spoke on behalf of the Ward Chairman, Kashi Philip, explained that the party chairman worked against the party in the just concluded elections.

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