Political stakeholders of Benue South Zone have frowned at the sponsored publication alleging that the caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area has trimmed down the number of aspirants to vie for the governorship seat of the state.
The said selected aspirants include; the incumbent deputy governor, Chief Steven Lawani, Barr Paul Harris Ogbole, former EFCC member and Dr. Mathias Oyigeya, erstwhile medical director, Federal Medical Center, Makurdi.
But in a swift reaction to the publication, former Minister for State, Niger Delta Dr. Sam Ode in a press statement signed by his Media Director, Lawrence Okwe pointed accusing fingers at fifth columnist who have vowed to destabilize the aspiration of the Idoma people to produce the next governor of the state in 2015.
Dr. Ode noted that the party caucus had met on September 27, 2014 at Otukpo and mandated the aspirants from the zone to work together for a common goal ahead of the party’s primaries, adding that he remains committed to a prosperous and united Benue.
Similarly, a member of the PDP board of trustee as well as caucus and leader of the party in Benue south senatorial zone, General Geoffrey Ejiga has refuted the publication saying that as the leader of the caucus such decision was never taken at the said meeting.
Ejiga who spoke in a telephone conversation with journalists, yesterday said the caucus of the party only met and resolved that a further meeting be held to trim down the number of aspirants from the zone but added that such meeting was yet to hold.
In the same vein, one of the aspirants jostling for the position, Dr.Mrs. Roseline Ada Chenge condemned the report, describing it as a tissue of lies, claiming that the publication is a sponsored attempt at reducing her ever growing profile to emerge the PDP candidate in the primaries slated for November, 29, 2014.
Chenge maintained that no such meeting was held, noting that it was shocking to see in the papers that some aspirants have been chosen.
The only female aspirant in the race for the PDP ticket said she is contesting for the position in order to turn around the socio- economic as well as the educational, health and agricultural potentials of the state.
The run off to the 2015 governorship election in Benue State has thrown up a huge interest as the predominant Idoma speaking tribe of the southern senatorial zone have continued to insist that the position should be zoned to the area because they have never occupied the position before since the creation of the state.
Five aspirants from the zone have indicated interest in the race for the PDP ticket. They include; Engr. Mrs. Roseline Ada Chenge, Chief Steven Lawani, Barrister Paul Ogbole, Dr Mathias Oyigeya and the Former Minister of State Niger Delta Dr. Sam Ode.