Sunday, 19 October 2014

Benue 2015: Sam Ode picks PDP guber form

Former Minister for Niger-Delta Affairs, Hon. Sam Ode yesterday picked the governorship nomination form to contest for the governorship of Benue state under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The former minister who is among the earliest aspirants to purchase the form at party’s Wadata plaza secretariat, told newsmen that his decision to enter the race is informed by his desire to offer quality leadership.
According to Sam Ode, his candidature is Benue’s only assurance for continuation of Suswam’s good works and also provision of infrastructure.
Meanwhile the former minister’s bid yesterday also got a boost when Benue indigenes in diaspora, under the aegis of, One Benue Agenda, endorsed his candidature.
Speaking to journalist the National President of the group, Sunday Otokpa, said the group though they came to the PDP National Secretariat uninvited, it is their desire to ensure the state is in safe hands that informed their decision to come and offer support to Hon. Sam Ode, whom they perceived the best in the race.
According to Otokpa, only Sam Ode’s candidature was an assurance of the sustenance of the developmental tempo initiated by Gov. Gabriel Suswam, who has been friends with Ode for several decades.
He added that their declaration of support for the former minister is also based on his non-tribalised stance. Otokpa said with the current wave of agitations from ethnic blocs in the state, Sam Ode was the solution to this stalemate as he not only has made friends accross the tribes in the state but also had the favour of the Tiv ethnic group from where his mother hails.
Meanwhile the group has called on the people of Benue to queue behind the former minister to ensure his victory so that the state will benefit from his wealth of experience and friendship ties.

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