The hope of governor Samuel Ortom getting an automatic ticket in the People’s Democratic may have suffered a major set back as all aspirants on the platform of the party have taken a stand against that move. This is coming out weeks after it was speculated that the governor had demanded for a 60% control of the structure of People’s Democratic Party in Benue state ahead of party primaries.
According to the latest reports reaching the QUEENDOOSH desk, yesterday in Abuja, all the 12 governorship aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party in Benue State came together to rescue the party from joiners who have come with an agenda and hidden motive to hijack the party structure at all levels.
The 12 aspirants who, converged on Abuja, held top level meetings with national leaders of the party, including Rt. Hon. Gabriel Torwua Suswam, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and Distinguished Senator David Mark, which lasted well into the early hours of this morning.
Their message to the leaders at the meetings was simply that, if the party is allowed to fall into the hands of hijackers who have come with huge quantities of stolen public funds, then the party should forget the 2019 elections in the state, Comrade Akade says.
The aspirants equally demanded that, the party should keep its promise of ensuring a level playing field by conducting free and fair primaries, and equally pledged to work together with anyone among the 12 who will emerge through such a transparent primaries.
They also warned that, tampering with existing structures of the party under any power sharing formula of 60/40 or 50/50 or any percentage whatsoever will be a violation of the party’s constitution and an illegality which will be definitely challenged in a competent court of law.
They pointed out that, they have worked tirelessly to rebuild the party since 2015 when it lost elections and vowed that they will not leave the party but stay to fight to rescue it from joiners who do not mean well for the people of the state.
The aspirants who are under the leadership of Prof. David Ker warned that, anything short of a level playing field will be totally unacceptable to them and their teeming supporters in the party as they deserve free, fair and credible party primaries as a right and not a privilege.
The 12 aspirants are;
Prof. David Ker, OON
Engr Felix Atume, FNSE, mni
Rt. Hon. Prince Terhemen Tarzoor, PhD
Rt. Hon. (Barr) David K. Dave Iorhemba
Surv T. John Tondu
Dr. Paul B. Orhii, OON
Cmrd. Richard Gbawuan
Cmrd. Simon Anchaver
Dr. Terungwa Stephen Hwande
Hon. Gabriel Tivlumun Nyitse, PhD
Hon. Kenneth Iyo
Prof. Joseph Tor Iorapuu
The meetings continues today.
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