The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has taken a new twist as the National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu has been suspended by his Igyorov ward in Gboko local government area of Benue State.
He was accused of anti-party activities.
The suspension of Dr. Ayu came few days after the National Working Committee of PDP decided that the Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom should face the national disciplinary committee of the party and suspended a former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose and erstwhile Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim among others.
Dr. Ayu’s suspension followed a vote of no confidence passed on him by his ward.
A resolution passed at the end of their meeting and read by the Secretary of Igyorov council ward, Mr. Banger Dooyum, reads, “the Peoples Democratic Party Executive Committee of Igyorov council ward of Gboko local government area in Benue state has passed a vote of no confidence on the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and suspended him from the party”.
Mr. Dooyum, while reading the resolution of the ward Exco, said “He (Ayu) was involved in anti- party activities making the PDP to lose at his ward and local government along with his allies who also didn’t vote at the Governorship election.”
He was also accused of not paying his annual dues as enshrined by the party’s constitution.
Fayose, Ortom and others suspension
On Friday March 24, the Benue State Governor was referred to the National Disciplinary Committee for alleged anti-party activities by the National Working Committee of PDP chaired by Dr. Ayu.
Reacting, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike had dared the national leadership of the PDP, declaring that his Benue State counterpart would not appear before the Committee.
Mr. Wike equally described the suspension of former Governor Fayose and others for anti-party activities by NWC of the PDP as a nullity.
Political watchers say this suspension of Dr. Ayu by his ward seems to be the beginning of the war Governor Wike talked about and many do not know how long it would last.
Some are afraid Dr. Ayu may go the way of a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, whose was removed from office following a similar suspension from his ward.
Writing by Victorson Agbenson; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu