PDP National Chairman, Ayu, Knows Fate on Suspension April 28

A Benue State High Court sitting at the state capital, has adjourned the suit seeking to remove the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu till April 28.

Ayu was suspended by the party executives at his Igyorov ward, Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, after they passed a vote of no confidence him.

Justice Kpochi, on March 27, 2023, issued an interim order restraining Ayu from parading himself as the PDP national chairman pending the hearing and determination of the suit filed by a party member, Conrad Utaan, seeking to remove Ayu as national chairman following his suspension.

Ayu’s lawyer, J.J Usman, had told the court that he was withdrawing Ayu’s preliminary objection and counter affidavit to the suit, filed on April 3.

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While Utaan’s lawyer, Emmanuel Ukala (SAN), did not oppose the application for a withdrawal of the two processes, he asked the court to award cost against Ayu as the plaintiff came prepared to hear the substantive suit.

Ukala also informed the court the defendants served him fresh processes while he was in court and he will have to respond to same.

After listening to the lawyer’s submissions, Justice Kpochi adjourned the matter till April 28 for hearing of the substantive suit.

He also informed parties in the matter that he will be returning the case file to the Chief Judge of Benue State to reassign to another judge as he is embarking on a national assignment at the elections petitions tribunal.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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