- As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, the PDP governorship aspirants in Benue state are resisting against imposition of candidate
- The aspirants are refusing moves by the party to give automatic ticket to Governor Samuel Ortom of the state
- One of the aspirants says failure to redress imposition will spell doom for the party
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Benue state are said to be resisting moves by the party to give Governor Samuel Ortom of the state automatic ticket to contest the governorship election in the state in 2019.
Punch reports that a source stated that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party met during the week and rejected Ortom’s proposal, seeking to be allowed to control the party structure in the state.
NAIJ.com gathers that the source stated that Ortom had in his proposal urged the party to concede 60 per cent of its structure to him.
According to report, the national leadership of the party met with the party leaders in Benue state over the issue, after which the national leadership directed the state leadership to meet with all the aspirants.
Each of the 12 governorship aspirants raised concerns regarding the demands for sharing of party structure by writing to the committee.
According to one of the governorship aspirants, Tehemen Tarzoor, the governorship aspirants in the state would vehemently resist any move by the party to give preference to Ortom, who recently defected to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress.
Tarzoor said: “I can tell you that we can lead a movement to resist that because failure to redress imposition will spell doom for the PDP. It is either we get it right or it will break us.
“So, the issue of bringing a sitting governor and imposing him on us cannot even work. Let the governor come and struggle with other governorship aspirants. But if you say go and adopt him, thank God, the court is there and it is the hope of the common man.
“If we are treated as commoners, then we will show our nuisance value to the party; then we see how it goes.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state officially announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor made the announcement at the Government House, Makurdi, hours after some Benue youths blocked his convoy, preventing him from visiting APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja.
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