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2023 poll: PDP chances in Benue state not under threat, says Ortom

By Msugh Ityokura Abuja
03 October 2022   |   10:34 am
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said that a member of the house of representatives, Mark Gbilah has no capacity to threaten him and the electoral victory of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the forthcoming elections in the state.

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said that a member of the house of representatives, Mark Gbilah has no capacity to threaten him and the electoral victory of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the forthcoming elections in the state.

Gbillah had at a press conference in Abuja last week accused Ortom of standing in his way ahead of the 2023 elections.

He said the governor and his aides were the architect of his travails and worked together with INEC against his electoral victory in 2023 through a publication of an online medium allegedly owned by an aide of the governor.

The governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur recalled how Gbillah had embarked on a nomadic political voyage from the All Progressives Congress, APC to PDP, New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, and now claims to be a member of the Labour Party, LP, just so as to remain in the political process of the country.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published the name of Hon. Gbillah on the platform of the NNPP and Labour Party for the 2023 national Assembly polls.

“Gbillah has displayed political immaturity by his actions so he should leak the wounds he inflicted on himself for his greed and inconsistencies and leave governor Ortom out of his current predicament.

“This is someone who has been in the House of Representatives for eight years even against the wish of the stakeholders in his constituency. In his bid to go for a third term, political leaders from his local government rejected his third term ambition. It was not Governor Ortom who rejected him so he should stop looking for who to blame.

“Out of greed, Gbillah began nomadic quest for electoral placement going from PDP to NNPP and now he claims to be the candidate of LP. What is this desperation that he is running here and there and looking for who to blame?

“It is not Governor Ortom who caused INEC to publish his name as a candidate for the 2023 national assembly election on two different political parties. Gbillah is a lawmaker who should know that it is fraud and indeed contravenes the electoral Act. He cannot fool anybody. Let him bear the consequences of his inordinate ambition.

“The public should not be swayed by the desperation of the drowning lawmaker whose immediate constituency rejected him. Let it also be known to all that PDP in Benue is solid and will be victorious in the forthcoming elections. Not a thousand Gbillahs can threaten the PDP.”