Monday, 1 December 2014

Tension as Chris Abba’s candidates floor Hassan Saleh’s ‘boys’ at Benue State House of Assembly primaries

In a clear indication that 2015 might be politically disastrous for the lawmaker representing Ado, Ogbadibo and Okpokwu federal constituency, Hon. Hassan Saleh, the last Saturday’s People’s Democratic Party’s primaries saw loyalists of the lawmaker pushed to the red dust.

In fact, those who contested under the wings of the politician failed to clinch the party’s flag for the 2015 Benue State House of Assembly election as they were defeated by those loyal to Chris Adabah Abah, otherwise known as Mad Lion.

Checks by DAILY POST reveal that in Ogbadibo, the primary election that was keenly contested among 5 aspirants in Otukpa, the incumbent, Hon. Joseph Ojobo, a native of Owukpa who is in the camp of the Deputy governor, Steve Lawani pulled a total of 65 votes to emerge the party’s candidate for the 2015 election.

Hon. Joseph Abah had 2 votes, Hon. Dennis Iyanpe scored 1 vote while the immediate past Leader, Ogbadibo Legislative Council, Hon. Frank Onuh withdrew from the race before the poll.

Similarly, in Okpokwu LGA, Hon. Joseph Okefe pulled a total of 53 votes to defeat his opponent, Hon. Robert Idoko who scored 5 votes.

Other contestants did not participate in the election, even though they were cleared to run.

Okefe is a loyalist to Hon. Chris Abah.

In Ado, Hon. Anthony Ogbu Odeh, a cousin to Ekpe Ogbu was declared winner of the election as he floored other opponents to become the party’s flag bearer.

This Saturday, lawmaker representing the three local government at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly, Hon. Hassan Saleh would lock horns with Chris Adah Abah, otherwise known as Mad Lion and others for the PDP ticket.

However, the odd against Saleh at the moment is that he was alleged to be among the lawmakers working for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He is among the lawmakers clamouring for automatic ticket.

However, when this reporter contacted him for comment on Monday, he declined his call.

Speaking with DAILY POST on Monday, Adah said: “the last result indicates that the people of Idoma community are behind what we are doing. We are happy with the result and we hope to replicate this Saturday for the big election.”

Chris Adaba Aba, popularly known as Mad lion is a business man, politician, and philanthropist from Otukpa in Ogbadibo Local Government Area.
 Source: Daily Post

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