The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has debunked insinuations that some governorship aspirants had been endorsed and others disqualified by the caucus of the party, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries in the state.
Member of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, and the Caucus Leader of the party in the Benue South Zone, Gen. Geoffrey Ejiga, rtd, made the clarification yesterday while speaking to newsmen on telephone, in Makurdi, the state capital.
He said the Benue South Senatorial Zone of the party had not endorsed or disqualified any candidate and urged the people of the state to discountenance such stories since it was not coming from the right quarters.
Ejiga said, “the party only met and resolved that a further meeting be held to trim down the number of aspirants from the zone but the meeting is yet to hold.
“If there is any publication anywhere that we have chosen or disqualified any candidate, it certainly cannot be true because as the leader of the caucus in the zone, I can say categorically that such decision was not taken at the said meeting.”
Vanguard gathered that there was palpable tension in the state PDP following alleged rumours that some governorship aspirants, including a former Minister of State in the Niger Delta Ministry, Dr. Sam Ode had been disqualified by the caucus from contesting the primaries.
The publication generated so much disaffection among members of the party, who are pointing accusing fingers to a highly-placed individual and governorship aspirant also from the zone as being behind the ‘’falsehood.’’
Five aspirants are jostling for the position from the zone. They include the deputy governor, Chief Steven Lawani, Mrs. Ada Chenge, Paul Ogbole, Mathias Oyigheya and Dr. Sam Ode.