Former Minister of State in the Ministry of the Niger Delta, Sam Ode, has said he has no more confidence in the process of pruning down the number of governorship aspirants from Benue South Senatorial District.
He said this while speaking to newsmen at his residence at HUDCO quarters, Makurdi, the state capital.
Ode was reacting to some reports that the aspirants from the zone met and took a decision that he and another aspirant step down their ambition.
At a meeting earlier with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the zone led by General Geoffrey Ejiga, the aspirants were asked to meet and find ways of boosting the chances of the zone to pick the PDP governorship ticket, including pruning the number of aspirants.
The former minister insisted that the PDP caucus in the zone never met and took that decision that he should step down.
The situation is already causing political ripples in the area may lead to divisions in the zone and capable of affecting the chances of the zone taking the slot.
He stressed that unless those responsible for the reports in the media took the honorable path and put up a disclaimer to that effect he would no longer have confidence in the process.
“The caucus never met. For it to meet, it is not a one-day affair because people would have to come from Abuja and other parts.
“I landed in Abuja on Thursday (from UK) and read in ‘The Guardian’ that the caucus chairman declaimed the publication.
“Suffice to say that the publication caused me so much trauma and embarrassment and my supporters who had put their hopes on my aspiration were traumatized,” Ode said.