Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State stormed the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja on Wednesday.
Naija News reports that the protesters stormed the party secretariat at the Wadata Plaza over the ongoing crisis in the Delta state chapter of the party over the 2023 governorship ticket.
The protesters, acting under the aegis of Concerned Deltans for Good Governance, also demanded the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
The protesters condemned the refusal of Ayu to obey an order of the Federal High Court which sacked Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori as the PDP flagbearer in next year’s governorship election in Delta.
They stated that Olorogun David Edevbie was the lawfully nominated and authentic candidate of the party and not Oborevwori, Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly.
Most of the protesters carried placards with inscriptions, such as “Ayu lacks the integrity to push PDP to victory”, “Obey the Abuja FHC judgement”, “BoT help Delta PDP before NWC kills the party” among others.
Addressing reporters during the protest, the leader of the group, Chris Anthony, accused Ayu of leading the party towards destruction.
He said, “There’s a burning issue in Delta state, and it’s about who is the rightful candidate of the PDP in the state.
“Everyone knows that the PDP in Delta is the majority party, but with the action of the National Chairman of the party, we are beginning to be convinced that Ayu is a mole in the party to trade the fortunes of the party to the opposition.
“We have seen Ayu not just as a mole, but also as an actor playing the script written by the opposition to actualise the emergence of an APC governor in Delta state.
“Ayu lacks the capacity to lead the PDP and so should honourably resign because he has demonstrated gross incompetence in handling the affairs of the party. He should resign. Ayu should resign because he cannot manage the affairs of the party well.
“We are talking about defending the democracy that thrives on the rule of law, but Ayu has willfully refused to obey a simple court judgment.”