2023 Elections: Atiku in Trouble as Governor, 22 Council Chairmen, Others Shun His Campaign in Benue State
- Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, was confronted with a significant setback when his campaign train landed in Benue, the PDP national chairman's state, on Monday
- The governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, who is the PDP leader in the state, was conspicuously absent from Atiku's rally
- Aside from Ortom, the deputy governor of the state, Benson Abounu, commissioners, aides, and the 22 local government chairmen of the PDP in the state were equally absent from Atiku's rally
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Makurdi, Benue - The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a new turn on Monday, February 6, when the party's presidential campaign rally stormed Benue state.
Benue has been one of the strongholds of the PDP since 1999, and its national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, is from Benue state, Sahara Reporters reported.
Why Ortom was absent at Atiku's campaign rally in Benue state
But when the campaign train of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, landed in the state on Monday, Governor Samuel Ortom was absent.
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Also absent was the deputy governor of the state, Benson Abounu, commissioners, aides and the 22 local government chairmen of the PDP in the state.
However, the rally was attended by the former governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam and ex-senate president, David Mark.
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Also in attendance were the three senators representing the state at the national level; Suswan, Orker Jev and Abba Moro. The PDP governorship candidate in Benue state, Titus Uba and his running mate, as well as some members of the working committee, were equally present.
Ayu, while speaking at the rally, urged Ortom, who has not identified with Atiku since the 2023 election campaigns began, to join forces with the national leadership of the PDP to save the country.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Dele Momodu, the director of strategic communications of the PDP PCC, has said he has moved on after losing the party's presidential ticket.
The spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign organisation also dismissed the claim that the north is dominating the leadership of the party and wanted the south to be vice.
According to Momodu, the crisis rocking the PDP started when Nyesom Wike of Rivers state lost his bid to become the vice presidential candidate of the party.