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Ayu: PDP nullifies Anyim, Fayose’s suspension, sanctions ward exco

The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by the acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains including a former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and an-President of the Senate, Pius Anyim.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the suspension of other party leaders such as a former Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema; a Benue State chieftain, Prof Dennis Ityavyar, and Dr Aslam Aliyu of Zamfara State, was also reversed.

Also on Thursday, the Benue State Working Committee of the PDP suspended the executive of the party in the Igyorov ward of the Gboko Local Government Area of the state.

Before the February 25 presidential election, five PDP governors, known as G-5, had insisted that Ayu must resign to pave the way for a southerner as the national chairman.

They subsequently withdrew their support for the party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, thus leading to his defeat in Rivers, Oyo, Enugu, Abia and Benue states during the election.

But the PDP NWC led by Ayu on March 23 hit back at some chieftains, on the grounds of anti-party activities.

In a statement by its spokesman, the party directed the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, to appear before its disciplinary committee.

It suspended Fayose, Anyim, Shema, Aliyu and Ityavyar. Fayose, however, dismissed the suspension, saying Ayu’s days as the national chairman were numbered.

Fayose, through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, described the suspension by the Ayu-led NWC as “the last kick of a dead horse.”

In a statement titled, “My suspension is Ayu’s last kick of a dead horse – Fayose,” the former governor said, “Ayu and his cohorts are only entertaining themselves with the purported suspension as their latest comedy skit.”

Fayose said he and others, who stood by the party when Ayu and his supporters left it to die, would rescue the PDP and give life back in due course, adding, “The purported suspension will have no leg to stand.’’

Ortom, on his part, said that it was contemptuous of the party’s leadership to disregard the court Order which barred the party or any organ of the party from issuing any disciplinary measure against him.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, Ortom said, ‘’I think the national leadership of our great party is losing its sense of direction. Instead of the leadership sitting back and thinking of ways to rebuild the party from the ruins of the defeat from the just concluded elections, they are going about chasing imaginary shadows.

In any case, the first person the party should refer to the disciplinary committee should be the national chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu. The national chairman lost his polling unit, lost his ward, local government, and even the state,” Ikyur said.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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