Ahead of the forthcoming local government elections in Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday said he will not impose any candidate on the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). Besides, he declared that he would not anoint a candidate for the seat of governor of the state come 2023 general elections. He urged PDP members and other Benue people to regard anyone who claims to be his ‘anointed’ candidate as a liar
New Telegraph reports that Governor Ortom gave the assurance at the PDP State Secretariat in Makurdi, the state capital, while addressing the expanded caucus meeting of the party. He stated that respect for zoning was the only thing that could engender unity and team spirit in the party, stressing that stakeholders from the 23 local government areas should deliberate on the zoning arrangement and submit their reports to the party secretariat for consideration. “People who are not from zoning should not contest as chairman or councillor.
Let there be only those who are within the zone contest to avoid waste of money and time. “During screening, if you are not a product of zoning, you will be screen out or disqualified…all stakeholders in the local government should be involved in zoning.
Don’t go and do a mushroom zoning and bring it here, we will not accept it. “I’m not going to impose any chairman on you.
If anybody said that I’m the candidate, tell that person he is a liar, I’m NOT. Let the people do it,” he said. The governor maintained that any contestant who is not from where the position of chairman or councillor is zoned should not bother to contest, saying such an aspirant would be disqualified by the party during screening. He warned against imposition of candidates for the council polls in whatever guise, pointing out that the will of the people must be allowed to prevail to save the party from implosion.