Embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, has said that his purported suspension by executive members of his ward, Igyorov Ward of Gboko Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue state, is an exercise in futility.
Ayu reacted to the alleged suspension via a statement released on Monday, March 27, by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Simon Imobo-Tswam.
The PDP chairman claimed the suspension letter was written by an ‘’illiterate,” and only given to the coerced members to sign somewhere in Makurdi.
He said in the statement;
“We wish to state categorically and with all emphasis at our disposal thus, that “The PDP National Chairman, 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.
“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.
“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.
“This is why the original date is tipexed and 24 March imposed on it.
“From what we know, the document itself is fraudulent as the signatures of the Ward Executives were forged or obtained under duress.
“The chairman, his deputy and legal adviser didn’t sign the letter. The 14th person on the list didn’t sign too. “In fact, the same applies for Nos. 5, 8 and 16.
“At the time they were supposed to be in Makurdi, the others coerced, intimidated and induced members of the Exco, they were actually in their villages, going about their normal businesses.”
Ayu also alleged that till now, about nine members of the exco are still being held hostage in a location in Makurdi for obvious reasons. He noted that their cell phones had been switched off, adding that “it is instructive.”
The PDP national chairman further asked the general public to ignore rumours to the “heinous effect,” saying “those behind the plot are only investing in expensive illusions.”