The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Umar Damagum, as Acting National Chairman of the party, following the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, the erstwhile national chairman of the party.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba who made this known at a media briefing on Tuesday held at the PDP Abuja headquarters, said the decision was taken by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
He added that the decision was taken after careful consideration of the Court Order and in line with Section 45 (2) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017),
“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at an emergency meeting today, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, acknowledge the Order of the Benue State High Court, dated March 27, 2023, with regards to the Chairmanship position of our great Party,” the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, said in a statement.
“After a careful consideration of the Court Order and in line with Section 45 (2) of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017), the NWC resolved that the Deputy National Chairman (North) His Excellency, Amb. Umar Ililya Damagum assumes the National Chairmanship of our Party in an acting capacity with effect from today, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.”
The 63-year-old Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagum is from Yobe State and won the PDP gubernatorial ticket in 2019 but lost out in the election to Mai Mala Buni of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Damagum was a former Nigerian ambassador to Romania and a businessman with hands in different pies including financial services, oil and gas as well as real estate.