The elders’ caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benue South Senatorial district has excluded former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sam Odeh and Harris Ogbole from contesting the party’s governorship primaries.
The stakeholders, in the meeting staged in Otukpo on Monday, urged the remaining aspirants in the race to harmonize their positions and present a formidable candidate who would challenge aspirants from the other zones in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Odeh and Ogbole, were excluded from the contest following the unanimous endorsement of Senate President, David Mark for another term in the Senate.
The elders resolved at the meeting that since Mark hailed from Otukpo alongside the other two, it was inappropriate for them to contest for the party’s governorship ticket with aspirants from other local governments.
They argued that Otukpo had represented the zone in the National Assembly in the last 16 years and with the recent endorsement, it therefore, means that the local government would be representing the zone for 20 years.
With the exclusion of Odeh and Ogbole, Mrs. Ada Chenge, the Managing Director of the Lower Benue, River Basin Development Authority (LBRBDA) is now expected to slug it out with Steve Lawani, the incumbent Deputy Governor for the party’s governorship ticket.
The meeting, presided over by Maj-Gen. Geoffrey Ejiga (rtd) told the remaining contestants to within the next one week present one consensus candidate that would represent the zone at the November primaries.