By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has disclosed that his directive to all his appointees with political ambition to resign latest October 1, 2021 is not restricted to those with gubernatorial ambitions alone. He said all those contesting for Senate, House of Representatives and other positions are also affected.
He stated this Monday, shortly after meeting with 21 gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi. He said the meeting was called, in order to ensure a harmonious relationship.
“I have invited all the gubernatorial aspirants of PDP for 2023 elections to a meeting. We have discussed and agreed to work together towards a common purpose. Benue State is united for PDP. We remain committed. We appreciate Benue people for the support they have given us and we intend to build on the gains that we have gotten.
“I met with about 21 aspirants of the PDP for the gubernatorial election and I have confirmed, looking at their antecedents — their age, knowledge, experience, their capacities and I have seen that they are competent to be governor of Benue State and I applaud them.
“We have chosen to work together, knowing fully well that it is only one person that will at the end of the day be nominated as a candidate of our great party. We are united, unanimous and we shall work together,” he maintained.
The governor said from information at his disposal, many others will still join the race. “At the end of the day we may have more than 21 aspirants. That shows that the PDP is very popular in Benue State and is well accepted by the people. We will accommodate them. We shall ensure fairness, equity and justice to make sure we have some one that is acceptable by all to be nominated as our own candidate.
“We are going to discuss. Our party gives room for consensuses. If we are able to agree between Zone C and Zone A on which zone should take the slot, at the end, whether Zone C or A we are looking at acceptable candidate.”
He pointed out that where they are not able to reach a consensus arrangement, there will be free, fair and transparent primary election that will usher in some one that is acceptable by all.
“All aspirants are in agreement with the arrangement. The state working committee, and as a Governor, we have agreed to be neutral to ensure that everyone is satisfied with the process” he stated
On whether the meeting with the aspirants was too early, the governor explained that it was not, as according to him, “we have less than one year to primary election.”
The aspirants include Engr Benson Abounu, Titus Uba, Terwase Orbunde, Terkaa Ucha, Dennis Ityavyar, Dr Paul Ubwa, Engr Ben Akaaka, Engr Tertsea Gbishe, Engr Dondu Ahire and Mr Terver Akase.
Others are Mr Julius Atorough, Dominic Akaahan, Adikpo Agbatse, Isaiah Ipevnor, Dr Paul Angya, Engr Terver Atsar, Pharmacist Peter Chieshe, Patrick Ogbu, Christopher Afaor, Mr Boniface Jibo and Barrister Chille Igbawua while Dr Robert Orya and Dominic Akaahan were absent but sent apologies.
The aspirants later held a closed door meeting where Barr Chile Igbawua was chosen as Chairman of the PDP Governorship Aspirants Forum, Patrick Ogbu as Secretary while Mr Julius Atorough is to serve as treasurer.