Zam: Akume didn’t ask us to join PDP

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

A governor aspirant under the Benue state APC, Chief Titus Zam, has denied media reports that he and his co- aspirant, Benjamin Adanyi, had been asked to decamp to the PDP by a national leader of the APC, Senator George Akume.

Zam reacted to the media report through a press statement issued by the acting director of his campaign organisation, Washima Harris Tersoo.

According to the aspirant, there had been no time when Senator Akume told him or anyone to join the PDP because of any pressure from the Presidency.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Chief Titus Tartenger Zam Campaign Organization has been drawn to an information on social media that Hon. Chief Titus Zam and Hon. Benjamin Adanyi may soon join the Peoples Democratic Party on grounds that leader of the APC in North Central Nigeria, Sen. George Akume, due to pressure from the presidency compelled them to withdraw from the race to pave easy way for Hon. Emmanuel Jime to become candidate of the APC in the 2019 general elections, a situation that made the guber aspirants to contemplate joining forces with governor Ortom in PDP to frustrate the APC.

“The Campaign Organization describes this as not only misleading and fictitious but the height of falsehood which has become a tool of propaganda for the PDP led administration in the state to smear the hard earned reputation of Chief Zam since he declared to contest for the governorship of Benue state in the 2019 general elections but has continuously failed to yield the desired results.

“The campaign notes that Chief Titus Tartenger Zam, whose guber aspiration has received widespread support that cuts across party line believes in the manifesto of the APC and is not a political nomad or a food is ready politician who jumps ship at every point to fraudulently enrich himself at the detriment of society, but one who is always ready and willing to be part of a democratic process that will be of benefit to all members of his society.

“It will be recalled that the former Adviser was recently fingered by political analysts from within and outside the state as most favored to be candidate of the party. Thus, the campaign notes that Chief Zam remains a humble, loyal and dedicated member of the APC and has not contemplated ditching the party he has sacrificed to build and contributed to making sure it won the 2015 election which made Dr. Samuel Ortom Governor of Benue state.

“The campaign Organization therefore calls on the massive supporters of Chief Zam’s gubernatorial ambition to disregard such information and remain calm, trusting God, as the guber hopeful is poised, more than ever to democratically win the guber ticket of the APC and eventually be elected governor of Benue state in 2019.”