From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State governor Samuel Ortom has rebuffed some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP aspirants in the state, insisting that they do not possess the structure of the party to deny him from returning to the party.
Six aspirants led by Prof. David Ker at a press conference in Abuja yesterday rejected the purported return of the governor to the PDP on the ground that he cannot add value to the party.
But in a swift reaction, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua said the governor does not need permission from the aspirants to rejoin the party.
According to him, “The governor was a member of the PDP and at that time most of the aspirants had not joined the party.
“If the Governor wants to rejoin the party, he knows where to go. I do not think the opinion of the aspirants would even be sought if it will at all.
If I were vying for the governorship under the PDP, the party should prepare to accommodate anybody that would come up. If they say the governor has not added value, it should be left to the party members to determine his nomination first and then the people can pass judgement and not for a group of aspirants to do so for their own selfish interest.
“For some of these aspirants even if Ortom does go back to PDP, they cannot win election”, Agerzua said.
On when the Governor is expected to announce his next destination, the Media aide averred that the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC has convened another meeting between his boss and leader of the party in the State Sen. George Akume on Thursday in Abuja after which he (Governor Ortom)will declare to the Benue people what party he intend to move to and actualize his reelection bid.
Meanwhile, the Governor has met with PDP stakeholders under the auspices of G-14 at Hallydays Hotel but the outcome of the meeting which lasted for over three (3) hours was not disclosed to the media.