Iyorchia Ayu Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Removal as PDP National Chairman

Former PDP chairman Iyorchia Ayu withdraws lawsuit challenging his removal, marking a significant development in the party's leadership tussle as it seeks to rebuild and reposition itself.

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Iyorchia Ayu Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Removal as PDP National Chairman

Iyorchia Ayu Withdraws Lawsuit Challenging Removal as PDP National Chairman

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, has withdrawn the lawsuit he filed challenging his removal from office.

Ayu had instituted the legal action at the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to be reinstated as the party's national chairman after he was suspended by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) in March 2023.

In a notice of discontinuance dated April 17, 2024, Ayu's legal team informed the court of their client's decision to withdraw the suit. The notice, signed by Ayu's lead counsel, stated that the former chairman was no longer interested in pursuing the matter and requested that the case be struck out.

Ayu's removal from office had come amidst internal conflicts within the PDP leadership following the party's defeat in the 2023 presidential election. The NWC had accused Ayu of mismanaging party funds and making unilateral decisions without proper consultation. Ayu denied the allegations and maintained that his removal was illegal and unconstitutional.

The withdrawal of the lawsuit marks a significant development in the ongoing leadership tussle within the PDP. It remains to be seen how this move will impact the party's efforts to rebuild and reposition itself as a formidable opposition ahead of future elections.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, reacted to the development, stating, "The party acknowledges the withdrawal of the lawsuit by Dr. Iyorchia Ayu. We respect his decision and believe it is in the best interest of the PDP as we work towards resolving our internal differences and strengthening our party."

The PDP confronts the consequences of Ayu's removal and the following legal challenge, with focus now moving to who will lead the party in the future. The NWC is expected to convene a meeting in the coming days to discuss the next steps and chart a path towards unity and stability within the party ranks.

Key Takeaways

  • Ayu withdraws lawsuit challenging his removal as PDP national chairman.
  • Ayu's removal amid internal conflicts within PDP leadership after 2023 election.
  • NWC accused Ayu of mismanaging party funds and unilateral decision-making.
  • Withdrawal marks significant development in PDP's leadership tussle.
  • PDP to convene meeting to discuss next steps and party unity.