The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday that the national Chairman of the Party Dr. Iyorchia Ayu is on a short vacation outside of the country and officially transmitted power to the Deputy National Chairman (North), Amb. Umar Iliya Damagum, to perform his duties in Acting Capacity, pending his return.
The Party said that it is instructive to state that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was duly informed on the absence of its National Chairman and that Amb. Damagun will be performing the duties of the National Chairman in Acting Capacity pending Dr. Ayu’s return.
The PDP said that this is in line with the provision of the Constitution of the Party 2017 (as amended).
The PDP which stated these while reacting to what it described as a “fictitious report” being circulated in a section of the social media suggesting that Dr. Ayu has been suspended by the NWC, noted that such report is completely false and a product of the imagination of mischief makers with the intent to destabilize the Party, create an impression of crisis within its ranks and intent to mislead the unsuspecting members of the public.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Debo Ologunagba said that it was clear that the false report was the handiwork of vicious anti-people forces who are agitated by the stability, unity and soaring popularity of the Party under the cohesive Dr. Ayu-led National Working Committee as well as the intimidating statures of its Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa respectively.
Ologunagba further said; “For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP and the NWC is united and Sen. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu remains the National Chairman.
“The NWC therefore urges all members of our great Party, our teeming supporters, the media and the general public to disregard the said report as FAKE NEWS,” he said.