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Cracks in Benue PDP over Ortom’s defection plan
There seems to cracks in the Benue State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the decision of the National Working Committee (NEC) to admit Governor Samuel Ortom into the party and dissolve the executive headed by Chief John Ngbede.
The deal was allegedly sealed in Ortom’s favour by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and PDP’s National Chairman Uche Secondus.
Investigations showed that the NWC seems to have technically ignored former Governor Gabriel Suswam, who is the sole financier and leader of PDP in the state, by assuring Ortom and Barnabas Gemade of getting the governorship and Zone A senatorial tickets in 2019.
The Nation gathered that the executives may be dissolved this week to accommodate the interests of Ortom and Senator Gemade. This may also force Suswan to join the APC and pick the Benue North East Senatorial ticket where he will compete against Gemade.
The Nation, July 23, 2018
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