From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
A coalition of democracy advocacy groups has applauded the recent conduct of party primaries held by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue state.
The coalition led by the National Democratic Front (NDF), said the congresses were the freest and fairest conducted in the history of the party.
According to the leader of the coalition, Comrade Agbese Philip, they have been in the state prior to the congresses and monitored them in all local governments, after which they found it satisfactory.
He commended the leader of the party in the state and its executive committee for creating a level play field for all who participated.
According to Agbese who monitored the excercise in the Benue North East Senatorial District, the congresses have further shown the true face of the State Governor, who also contested in the elections for its transparent conduct.
He further cited the example of Prince Solomon Wombo, who decided to resign in order to make him eligible for such election as an uncommon occurrence, saying it proved Suswam’s commitment to genuine democracy.
The coalition has however called on the senator representing Benue North East, Sen. Barnabas Gemade, to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and accept the outcome of the primaries as conducted.
Condemning the petition written by the former PDP chairman, they asked Gemade to stop soiling the party’s image, but to accept the outcome and work hard to win the delegates to his side.
Speaking further, the leader of the group wondered why Gemade was complaining, saying he is famed for malpractices, even as he also chided the Board of Trustee member to stop sowing seeds of discord within the party by making inciting predictions.