Waku, Ugbah, others deny Ortom as APC candidate

The Forum of Benue APC (All Progressives Congress) Governorship Aspirants has distanced itself from the purported stakeholders meeting that arrived at the choice of Samuel Ortom as the consensus governorship candidate of the party.

Ortom, who is the immediate past Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. The former minister is being flaunted by the Senate Minority Leader, George Akume.

In a letter addressed to the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun, and signed by five of the aspirants who described themselves as bonafide aspirants, said they were not party to the process that led to the emergence of Ortom.

The letter was dated December 12, 2015 and titled, ‘Dissociating ourselves from any so-called consensus candidate sent to the APC National Secretariat from Benue State APC and the need for national APC to intervene to avert a major crisis’.

Those that signed the letter were Steve Ugbah. Akange Audu, Emmanuel Jime, Mike Iordye as well as JKN Waku.

In the five-point letter, the aspirants said: “There has not been any meeting of APC stakeholders or governorship aspirants on the platform of the party during or after which we chose a consensus candidate.

“APC has not been able to hold and conclude any APC governorship primaries (in the state) yet,” and “That to the best of our knowledge, there are only five bona fide governorship aspirants on the APC platform in Benue State—Messrs. Akange Audu, Emmanuel Jime, Mike Iordye, Joseph Waku, and Steve Ugbah.”

Other issues raised by the aggrieved aspirants are that, “We are the only governorship aspirants, who have bought the expression of interest/nomination forms, and have been duly screened and issued certificates by the Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led APC Governorship Screening Panel, which sat at Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital.”

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