The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Igyorov ward of Benue state has suspended the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, over alleged anti-party activities.
Twelve executive members of the ward in Gboko Local Government Area claimed Ayu worked against the success of the party in the 2023 general election.
They also alleged that Ayu did not vote in the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“We the underlisted are ward executive members of Igyorov ward, Gboko local government,” a letter from the executives read.
“Having reviewed the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the governorship and state House of Assembly elections held on February 25 and March 18 2023 respectively, we observed with utmost dismay that Iyorchia Ayu, who is the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), worked against the success of the party in Igyorov council ward.
“It is on record that he has also failed to pay his annual subscription fees as provided under section 8 subsection 9 of the constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2017 (as amended).
“Further investigation also revealed that he did not vote during the governorship and state assembly elections held on March 18.
“It was also discovered that most of his closest allies worked for the opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), and hence, the abysmal performance of the PDP in Igyorov ward.
“In view of the foregoing, we hereby pass a vote of no confidence on Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and suspend him as a member of our party with immediate effect. The suspension takes effect from March 24, 2023,” they added.
This is coming days after the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) led by Ayu referred the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, to a disciplinary committee over alleged anti-party activities.