Iyorchia Ayu was removed as the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party on Friday, according to a State High Court sitting in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State.
Maurice Ikpambese, the presiding judge, also declared Ayu’s membership in the party invalid.
In his ruling, Ikpambese stated that according to article 8(9) of the PDP’s constitution, Ayu no longer qualified as a party member since he neglected to pay his dues.
He decided that Ayu’s PDP membership had expired when he neglected to pay the required monthly membership fee.
Ikpambese noted that under PDP Article 46(1), a ward has the authority to punish a National Executive Committee party member.
Ayu had further maintained that the ward lacked the authority to expel an NEC member.
He declared in his judgment that “The plaintiff has established his case. All of the issues up for debate have been decided in the plaintiff’s favor. He is qualified for all requested remedies. I therefore declare.
Ayu was the subject of a vote of no confidence by the executive members of the Igyorov ward in the Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State in March 2023 due to suspected anti-party actions.
The executives accused Ayu of not casting a ballot in the state’s gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections on March 18 and of working against the PDP’s electoral victory in his ward.
After then, Terhide Utaan submitted an ex parte motion asking the court to halt Ayu from representing himself as the party’s national chairman.
Through Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), his attorney, Utaan, filed the lawsuit. However, Ayu submitted a preliminary objection to the suit via his attorney, J.J. Usman.