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Gov. Ortom does not need permission of Benue PDP guber aspirants to join party – Aide

…Gov. to announce his political platform before weekend
…appointees pledge loyalty and support for Gov’s decision


By Peter Duru

Makurdi- The Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua has stated that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship aspirants in the coming 2019 election lacked the powers to stop Governor Samuel Ortom or anybody to seek membership of the party if he so desired.

He said the Governor who was still on the red card of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue state would at the end of the week make public his position on whether he would seek a new platform to contest the 2019 gubernatorial election or not.

Agerzua who spoke Monday in Makurdi was reacting to newspaper reports credited to 13 Benue state governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the coming 2019, who kicked against the rumoured imminent return of Governor Ortom to his former party.

The Adviser said, “Ortom does not need to take permission from them (Benue PDP aspirants) if he wants to return to the PDP. He had never contacted them. At no time did he ask their permission and I don’t think that the governor has announced that he is going into the PDP.

“If the Governor wants to go back to the PDP or anywhere, he knows where to go, certainly not a group of governorship aspirants, he would not approach them. And I don’t think the party will seek their opinion, if that were to happen.

“Moreover, if I were vying for the position of governor in the PDP I would prepare for anyone that would come up. I would prepare for anybody.

“If they say Governor Ortom has not added any value, it is for the members of the party he goes to decide for his nomination first, and then the people of the state to pass that judgement.

“It is not for a group of people to pass judgement for their own selfish interest. I know that issue of political party is issue of interest, maybe they think that their interest is threatened.

“But surely, I don’t think they have the controlling powers of the structure of the PDP. If you talk of the PDP, I know of prominent people in the PDP that have asked Governor Ortom to return to the PDP.

“And if you juxtapose that with what they are saying you will know who have more to admit or to keep Ortom out; whether the PDP is owned by a group of aspirants; I don’t know?

“They were obviously not there when Governor Ortom gave his all to build the PDP. So if the governor want to go back to the PDP he would certainly not seek their opinion.

“They are arrogating to themselves the powers they do not posses and will never posses. Are they competent to talk for the PDP, were they there when PDP was at the formation in stage? When PDP was at the dining table they were not there. When people were founding the party where were they?

“I can tell you that the Governor had just held a meeting with government appointees today and told them that he was going to hold another meeting convened by the national leadership of the APC in Abuja on Thursday with the leader of the APC in the state.

“He explained that after the meeting he would announce his political membership. We think that before the week runs out the fog will clear.

“We shall know whether he would remain in the APC or he would go to any other party. It would be clear by weekend. We all need to be a little bit patient.”

Meanwhile Vanguard gathered that all the political appointees at the Monday meeting with the Governor pledged their loyalty to him towards the realization of his re-election in 2019 on the platform of any political party.

The appointees who spoke for others from the three senatorial zone including Mr. Abraham Saint Gbilekaa, General Manager, Benue State Urban Development Board, Mr. Joseph Nyam, Chairman of the State’s Scholarship Board, Professor John Ibu, Chairman, Board of Management of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, as well as Dr. Magdalene Dura, Special Adviser on Development Cooperation all assured of their preparedness to move on with the Governor to any political platform.

Governor Ortom had earlier briefed the appointees on the frosty relationship between him and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state and his difficulty in operating in the same party with it.

The Governor said at the end of his scheduled meeting with national leadership of the APC,whatever decision he would take would reflect the wishes and aspirations of the people of the State but would not be imposed on any of the appointees.

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