Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members from Delta State demanded the party's national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, quit on Monday after protests at the national secretariat over his allegedly ineffective handling of the gubernatorial candidate controversy in the state chapter.

The demonstrators, who identified as

Concerned Deltans for Good Governance said that the party head had purposefully failed to follow the court's ruling affirming David Edevbie as the PDP's legitimately elected candidate for governor in the state.

Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, the Delta PDP candidate for the 2023 governorship election, was disqualified by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

According to the ruling, he concurred with the plaintiff that Oborevwori shouldn't be on the PDP's ballot for the governorship race in 2023 since he is accused of giving counterfeit and misleading documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to help him qualify for the position.

As a result, he instructed INEC and the PDP to accept the plaintiff, Edevbie, as the PDP candidate for governor of Delta State in 2023.

However, the Federal High Court in Warri last Friday upheld the results of the primary election that led to Oborevwori being the PDP's nominee for governor despite what appeared to be a contradicting ruling.

In the ruling issued by Okon Abang, the court ruled that the PDP primary election, which took place on May 25, was legitimately organized and according to the party's election rules.

In the PDP's primary election on May 25, Oborevwori, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, won the race to be the party's nominee for governor.

The primary's second-place finisher, Edevbie, a former commissioner of finance under previous governor James Ibori, had contested Oborevwori's candidacy due to claimed inconsistencies in his academic background and age.

He explicitly sought the court to prevent PDP from designating Oborevwori as the party's flagbearer.

But the demonstrators who occupied the party's national secretariat on Monday argued that Edevbie is the legitimate candidate, whose name needs to be presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Chris Anthony, the demonstrators' leader, told reporters that the PDP chief was acting dishonestly by withholding Edevbie's name from the electoral commission, which, he noted, had already recognised the ruling confirming Edevbie as the candidate.

As he questioned Ayu's ability to lead a political party that seeks to rule the entire nation while failing to end a state of emergency, he accused Ayu of being incompetent.

Ayu, according to the protest leader, is the PDP's "mole" since he supposedly works to ensure the party's demise.

Anthony demanded his resignation, claiming the party boss lacked the skills necessary to run the biggest opposition group.