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2023: Samuel Ortom speaks on how to resolve PDP crisis

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has congratulated the Osun governor-elect, Sen. Ademola Adeleke on his victory at Saturday governorship poll in the state.

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has disclosed how the crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) can be resolved.

This is even as the governor blamed the lingering crisis on the leadership of the party.

Governor Ortom who spoke at the state PDP expanded caucus meeting held at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi urged the leadership of the party to do more and build confidence to resolve the internal crisis, emphasising that he remained firmly committed to the party’s electoral victory in next year’s polls.

Ortom blamed the poor management of the Presidential convention and post-convention outcome on the crisis stalling the process of the party, adding that the party’s leadership has poorly managed the outcome of the presidential party primaries which has defied any solution.

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The Governor maintained that as one of the party’s stakeholders who believe in justice, equity and fairness, he had openly expressed his concerns, stating that he also made frank suggestions on how the issues could be addressed.

He however noted that his observations on how to resolve the issues were not considered and rather, the internal crisis was unfortunately left to fester.

According to him, the main agenda of the PDP remains how to rescue the country from the APC’s misrule, which he noted has plunged the nation into multiple socio-economic problems that must be tackled holistically to redeem the nation.

He assured that ahead of next year’s general election, the PDP in the Benue State remained united and was focused on clinching victory in all positions.

Governor Ortom stressed that as the leader of the party in the state, he would not succumb to any form of blackmail, but rather continue to work assiduously for the party’s resounding victory in the polls.

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While stating that due process was followed in nominating a PDP gubernatorial candidate in the State, Governor Ortom said the All Progressives Congress (APC), the main opposition party in the state has continued to lose relevance with a flawed primary election, which he noted has led to its disintegration.

The Governor also commended all former PDP guber aspirants as well former aspirants to other elective offices, whom he noted have all remained committed to working for the party’s victory despite losing out at the primaries, urging them to sustain their support.

He pledged to continue carrying all stakeholders along in the party’s decision-making, saying the PDP as a political party, provides a platform for all its members to have equal opportunities to contribute to governance.

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