Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue state, on Monday, September 3, handed the entire structures of the party to the Governor Samuel Ortom.
Legit.ng learnt that the party also made Governor Ortom its leader in the state.
Announcing the decision of the leaders at an expanded caucus meeting held at the new Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, Sir John Ngbede, the PDP chairman in the state, said with the development, the party had been fused into one indivisible entity without factions.
Ngbede announced the constitution of an integration committee which he said would ensure the unification of all members both old and new with him as chairman and David Tsevende as secretary.
Legit.ng learnt that members of the committee, which cuts across the three senatorial districts of the state, are Professor Jacob Omenka, Engr Solomon Agidani, Oklo Eneje, Jerry Iorhide, Rt Hon Mzenda Iho, Solomon Kachina, Godwin Donko and Timothy Iorchor.
Speaking at the event, former Senate president, David Mark, said the leaders had mandated the governor to restructure the party in order to accommodate all interests, particularly those of the members who recently joined the party.
Mark said it was also resolved that leaders and members of PDP must work in unity so as to win the forthcoming elections.
At the event, a former governor, Gabriel Suswam, announced that certain party positions including the the secretary have been allocated to the Ortom to accommodate his interest.
Governor Ortom expressed appreciation to the leaders and the state executive committee of PDP for having confidence in him, promising not to disappoint them.
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He solicited support and assured the party that a level playing ground would be provided for all aspirants.
Legit.ng earlier reported that it appears that crisis had been sparked between the national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the party’s intending aspirants across the states following an alleged offer of automatic tickets to serving members of the two chambers of the National Assembly for the 2019 elections.
It was gathered that protesters, who stormed the party’s Abuja secretariat on Monday, September 3, demanded a level play field for all aspirants through free, fair and transparent primary elections across the states.
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