A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George has reacted to the suspension of national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, and a court order which barred him from parading himself as the opposition party chairman.
On Monday, March 27, a High Court in Makurdi, Benue State, issued an interim injunction restraining Ayu from parading himself as the PDP chairman. The presiding judge, Justice W.I. Kpochi, gave the interim order in suit No. MHC/85/2023 filed at the court by a party member from Benue State, Terhide Utaan with Ayu and the PDP as defendants.
Reacting to this during an interview on Channels Television, George said;
“If there is that court that a judge has issued, the National Legal Adviser representing the party, Ayu should go to that court and plead with the judge that this kind of order cannot hold because of AB, B, C, D.
“If you don’t do that and you disregard the order from the court, then you are looking for trouble.
“It is a matter of wanting Ayu or not. All I was saying as a respecter of the rules of the party was that when the founding fathers came, (they) made it exceedingly clear that whoever emerges as the President cannot come from the same zone as the National Chairman.
“I remember what Ayu told us that if the presidential candidate emerges from the North, I will resign, now he didn’t. But those mistakes have been made. The underbelly of the party is still rumbling.
“Whether I like him or not, that is not the issue now. The main issue is that we must stabilise this platform. Let everybody cool down. If we start firing ourselves and make the party look like a divided house, a divided house is a defeated house.”