By Peter Duru, Makurdi
The Benue state government has clarified that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has no problem with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Senator Ayu, contrary to the recent allegation by a group, the Tiv Youth Council, TYC.
The President of TYC, Mike Msuaan in a statement claimed that Governor Ortom had kept mute over the demand by his friend, Governor Nyesom Wike for the resignation of Senator Ayu saying “it is our belief that Governor Ortom is fully aware of the clandestine moves to remove Ayu as the National Chairman of the PDP.”
But in a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Terver Akase in a statement, Tuesday in Makurdi, pointed out that “there is no socio-cultural organization in Benue State known as Tiv Youth Council.”
According to him, “these are misguided All Progressives Congress, APC, youths who have been assigned the role of attack dogs. Part of their job is fueling disharmony within the PDP.
“The APC youth group in question insults people for a living. Theirs is a perfidious political enterprise which thrives on blackmail, mischief and the stirring of acrimony for survival.
“APC which is engulfed in a series of crises in Benue State ranging from its fraudulent nomination of a governorship candidate to the impasse of a running mate, lacks the moral high ground to comment on the affairs of PDP.
“Governor Samuel Ortom has no problem with the PDP National Chairman, Senator Ayu. The party is already working to resolve the issues of concern within its fold and won’t be needing the input of APC.
“Their attempt to portray Governor Ortom as one who fights other illustrious Benue sons is such a lame-duck and nauseating reasoning. The Governor as an effective team player has supported and is still supporting many Benue people to grow and occupy high positions in the society. He believes in human capital development and redefining Benue State’s place in the national politics of our country.
“We expect APC to face their mountain of internal wranglings which have led to their failure to field a governorship candidate for the 2023 elections in Benue State.
“APC ought to be worried more about the fact that their party is in disarray in Benue State as can be seen in the mass defection of their members into PDP, including serving members of the State House of Assembly.
“Governor Ortom is not responsible for the collapse of APC in Benue State. He was not the one who advised the leader of APC in the state, Senator George Akume to take the party as his personal property.
“The Governor also did not advise Senator Akume to refuse to conduct primary elections thereby throwing the party into unending crisis. Governor Ortom also did not advise Senator Akume to impose a governorship candidate and running mate on the APC.”