Benue PDP denies endorsing any guber aspirants


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Benue State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied reports on the social media that some certain aspirants had been endorsed by a certain group in the party.

Speaking in a statement signed by its State publicity secretary, Bemgba Iortyom, the party said that it has noted with concern reports in the social media that certain groups have purportedly selected some among the governorship aspirants on the platform of the party as the ones preferred ahead of the impending primary election.

The party further said that no person or group, other than its State Executive Committee under the leadership of State Chairman, Sir John Ngbede, has been vested with the mandate or authority to carry out any such exercise of selecting or screening candidates for the party to any of the elections in 2019.

The statement reads in parts: “While quasi groups and associations have been recognised and encouraged by the leadership of the party in the state for purpose of the re-building exercise, none of such groups has been mandated to carry out functions which are the exclusive preserve of the statutory organs of the party, such as screening and nominating candidates to elections.

“Aspirants to elections on the platform of the party are advised to be guided by the repeated and clearly stated position of the John Ngbede led State Exco that free, fair, transparent and credible primaries remain the only process through which candidates shall emerge to fly the party’s flag at the coming elections.

“As such aspirants are encouraged to pay more attention to the open field of contest than be interested in such unauthorised exercises, which the Benue PDP leadership urges the party’s faithful as well as the general public to disregard entirely”