The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has dismissed his purported suspension by the party’s executive in his Igyorov Ward, Benue State, describing those behind the action as ignorant.
Recall that the PDP executive in Igyorov Ward of Gboko Local Government Area, Benue State had on Sunday evening suspended Ayu with immediate effect.
Addressing the media on Sunday, on behalf of the Ward Chairman, Kashi Philip, the Ward Secretary, Mr. Vangeryina Dooyum, said Ayu was suspended for anti-party activities.
But in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Simon Imobo-Tswam, on Monday,Ayu said he cannot be suspended by the executive in his ward because the party’s constitution prohibits any organ of the party or executive committee of the party at the ward or state level from taking any disciplinary measure against any member of the National Executive Committee (NEC).
Ayu, who noted that his suspension was an exercise in futility, added that the letter used in suspending him was fraudulent as the signatures of the ward executive were forged or obtained under duress
He added that about nine members of the ward executive were still being held hostage at a location in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
“Our attention has been drawn to rumours that the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has been suspended by the Executive Committee of his Ward.
“We wish to state categorically and with all emphasis at our disposal thus:
“1. The PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has not been suspended by his Ward. Some members of the Exco are only being teleguided by political gamblers to cause mischief and nothing more.
“2. For starters, Article 57(7) of the PDP Constitution as Amended in 2017 expressly prohibits any organ of the party or executive committee of the party at the Ward or State Level from taking any disciplinary measure against any member of the party’s National Executive Committee
“3. The purported suspension is, therefore, an exercise in futility as it derives its strength majorly from gross illiteracy, ignorance, gambling and desperation. It has only mischief, drama and propaganda value.
“4. But more than this, the so-called suspension letter was written by an illiterate before hand, and only given to the coerced members to sign somewhere in Makurdi.
“6. This is why the original date is tippexed and 24 March imposed on it. And this is also why it states that the Presidential/NASS and Governorship/State Assembly elections held on 25th and 18th March, 2023 respectively.
“7. From what we know, document itself is fraudulent as the signatures of the Ward Executive were forged or obtained under duress. The chairman, his deputy and legal adviser didn’t sign. The 14th person on the list didn’t sign too. She was at NKST Ambighir for the Holy Communion.
“8. In fact, the same applies for Nos. 5, 8 and 16. At the time they were supposed to be in Makurdi with the other coerced, intimidated and induced members of the Exco, they were actually in their villages, going about their normal businesses.
“9. Up till now, about nine members of the Ward Exco are still being held hostage in a location in Makurdi for obvious reasons. And expectedly, their mobile numbers have been switched off. It is instructive.
“10. The general public is hereby advised to ignore rumours to this heinous effect. Those behind the plot are only investing in expensive illusions,” he said.
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