Ortom’s plan to frustrate PDP during LG poll unraveled


Plans by the executive governor of Benue state, Chief Samuel I. Ortom, to frustrate the John Ngbede-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the planned local government election in the state have been unraveled.

Nigerian Concord’s investigation showed that the governor who had earlier canceled the local government election over fears of losing to the PDP as a result of his low performances is planning to make sure that the authentic PDP in the state isn’t allowed to partake in the election.

According to independent investigation by this newspaper, the governor has perfected plans to make the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission recognize candidates from the Sherrif-led faction of the party for the election which is being planned to hold during the first quarter of 2017.

A source who briefed Nigerian Concord on this development said that was the reason Governor Ortom gave his full support to Ali Modu Sherrif who had once acted as a national chairman of the PDP, to enable him inaugurate what has been described as an illegal state executive council of the opposition party.

The source continued that the governor’s plan is to impose the illegal faction of the party on the state electoral umpire so that its chairmanship and councilorship candidates could be recognized during the election.

This newspaper gathered that Ortom knows that it would be difficult for his party, APC, to have a total win at the local government election as a result of his inability pay workers salaries as at when due and to also deliver on his campaign promises since he assumed duties in May last year.

Nigerian Concord gathered that it would be easy for the APC to have a major win at the election if the Sherrif-led illegal faction is finally recognized by the state electoral umpire,

It would be recalled that the All Progressive Congress Youth Vanguard (APCYV) has called on the national leadership of the ruling party to urgently impose a sanction on the governor of Benue state, Chief Samuel Ortom, for openly showing his supports for a former acting national chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sherif.

The group made this plea through its national facilitator, Barrister Chuks Ohakim, during an exclusive interview with Nigerian Concord’s politics correspondent in Abuja on Friday evening.

According to the APC Youth Vanguard which came to existence shortly after the party was registered by the INEC in 2013, the actions which Governor Ortom took during yesterday’s visit of Modu Sherrif to Benue state were anti-party activities.

In the interview, Barrister Ohakim added that sanctioning Ortom who extended the services of the Benue state protocol, official cars and security to Sherrif during his stay in the state would serve as deterrent to other APC leaders who are fond of anti-party activities.

Ohakim said the APC Youth Vanguard would not rest until the sanction is imposed, stressing that it was wrong for Ortom, a serving senior member of the APC, to allow himself to be fooled and used by Sherrif whom he said came to Benue state to perpetrate illegality.