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Published On: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014

Governorship forum condemns trimming down of aspirants In Benue

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Following last week’s trimming down of governorship aspirants from the MINDA axis of Benue State by the PDP Elders Forum, the MINDA PDP Governorship Aspirant Forum has out rightly rejected the exercise, describing it as invalid or binding on them.

It would be noted that the PDP Elders Forum at the weekend in Makurdi met and trimmed down the number of governorship aspirants from the MINDA axis from 21 to only four.

Amongst the aspirants selected include; the immediate past minister of State, Trade and Investment Hon. Samuel Ortom from Guma local government area, Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor former Speaker of Benue State house of Assembly from Makurdi LGA, Engr. Felix Atume, former Registrar of Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria, COREN from Gwer west LGA and former commissioner for Justice, Barrister Alex Adum from Gwer LGA.

Condemning the exercise, the chairman, MINDA PDP Governorship Aspirant Forum, Prof. David Ker and ten other aspirants maintained that the exercise is a huge failure on the grounds that the position and action of the elders could not be premised on any foundation of credibility and transparency.

Ker insisted that the criteria adopted by the Elders Forum in selecting their preferred aspirants remained unknown and shrouded in mystery and therefore unacceptable to them.

The aspirants called on their supporters to remain focused and committed more than ever before in their campaigns in the hope that merit and transparency would be the yardstick for the emergence of one of them as governor in 2015.

They also pledged their loyalty to the leadership and authority of the PDP in the state and promised to work for the success of the party at the 2015 general elections.


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