Ortom at crossroad as Benue PDP vows to guide guber aspirants against external influence


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Plans by the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, to decamp to the PDP may have reached a crossroad as the leadership of the party in the state this afternoon promised to guide her own governorship aspirants against external influence.

The Benue PDP which made its position over the rumoured defection of the governor to the party known in a press statement signed by the state publicity secretary, Mr. Bemgba Iortyom, further explained that it will stand by its own aspirants, appreciate them and also reward the loyalty of its steadfast members.

Recall that there were speculations and permutations that Governor Ortom, having realized that he can no longer seek his reelection in the APC owning to the rifts between him and his estranged godfather, Senator George Akume, will be joining either the SDP or PDP where he will use his external influence to contest for governorship in 2019.

The press statements reads in parts: “Politics, many say, is a game of interests, but at a higher and more refined level, it is the art of aggregation of group ideas targeted to the betterment of society. However, such ideas could be sustained and given effect only by the loyalty and commitment of those who believe in them.

“Since 2015, the idea of a new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been pursued with commitment and relentless vigour by both the leadership and members of the party in Benue State.

“Teeming faithful of the party in the rural areas, the towns and cities have passionately and through sacrifice committed time, energy and resources to reviving, repositioning and re-beautifying the party, such that it has become the beautiful bride it is now.

“As we head into the 2019 election year, it is understandable that the beauty, stability and solidity of the Benue PDP as a platform will attract many who may be harbouring electoral ambitions.

“The leadership of the party in the state, under the firm, focused and transparently run captaincy of Sir John Ngbede is fully mindful of its ripened beauty and the many suitors such beauty will inevitably attract.

“Yet, as a cardinal rule, the PDP in Benue State will at every point recognise, appreciate and reward the loyalty and commitment its members have steadfatedly shown over the years since 2015.

“The persecution, harrassments and sundry hazards endured by both leaders and members of the party as a price of being in the opposition to the ruling government, will never be in vain.

“Our party faithful, who are clearly the largest political family in Benue State, must, more than ever before, stand united and focused on the goal of winning back power at the 2019 elections.

“We must guard against distractions from whatever quarters, and in whatever form, for such will unavoidably come at us.

“We have run a good and strong race from 2015, and now we are in sight of the tape at the 2019 finishing line, but it is only by keeping our focus firm that we will breast the tape ahead of others”

Furthermore, the Benue PDP promised to ever appreciate Rt. Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor, PhD, Prof. David Ker, Engr Felix Atume, FNSE, Hon. Gabriel Tivlumun Nyitse, PhD, Dr. Paul Orhii OON, Dr. Terungwa Stephen Hwande, Surv. John Tondu, Comrd. Richard Gbawuan, Prof. Joseph Tor Iorapuu, Rt. Hon. Dave Iorhemba, Prof. Eugene Aliegba and Comrd. Simon Anchaver who are all its governorship aspirants.

The statement also said that they (the aspirants)remain the assurance PDP has of winning back state government power at the 2019 elections, adding that: “For in every one of them we have a solid, credible and viable candidate capable of emerging victorious in the coming election”