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Ortom applauds Ayu’s emergence as PDP chair, urges support

By Joseph Wantu, Makurdi
18 October 2021   |   4:03 am
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed joy with the emergence of former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu, as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying Nigerians now have hope for entrenchment of internal democracy in political parties.

[FILES] Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed joy with the emergence of former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu, as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying Nigerians now have hope for entrenchment of internal democracy in political parties.

Ortom, who stated this to newsmen at the weekend in Makurdi on his arrival from Abuja, maintained that Ayu’s emergence “has shown that PDP was set for its convention” billed to hold on October 30.

His words: “The chairmanship was the most difficult aspect of getting somebody to emerge. If we are able to do that, we have also encouraged the other regions that various positions are zoned to work very hard and especially arrive at a consensus to have candidates of our party, and it would just be a walkover.

“Fulfilling all righteousness, we will still have to vote anyway, but it won’t be contentious anymore. On that day, we will all go there and endorse them, instead of voting for each of the persons. That is what we desire.”

According to the governor, the party will have no choice but to conduct primaries as a party that believes in internal democracy.

“So, where somebody feels that he is not satisfied with the consensus candidate we have done, and intends to vie for any position, he is free because, at the end of the day, we want to build confidence in Nigerians that truly the mistakes the party made in 2015 will not be made again. I believe that we are going to have a smooth convention that has never been witnessed in this country,” the governor added.

While congratulating the PDP leadership at the state and national levels, as well as the Benue people for ensuring that their son got the chairmanship slot of the party, Ortom urged the party stakeholders to support the new party chairman to succeed in his new mandate.

“I appreciate Benue people because, for a long time, they have not had their own elevated to that level. What remains is for all of us to sustain support for him to succeed in the new task,” he added.