Saturday, 20 December 2014

Tension In Benue PDP Over Deputy Governorship Slot

In a bid to name the running mate to the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Benue State, Terhemen Tarzoor, serious tension has ensued between the party caucus in the state.

The slot is being contested by the Idoma and Igede blocs of the Benue South Senatorial Zone who are lobbying Governor Gabriel Suswam to favour either of the ethnic groups.

The potential deputy governorship candidates to Tarzoor are the former minister of state for Niger Delta, Mr Sam Ode; former member of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Barr Paul Harris Ogbole and former medical director of the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Dr Mathias Oyigeya, as well as commissioner for works and transport, Mr John Ngbede.

Ode and Ogbole are from Otukpo local government; Oyigeya is from Ogbadibo while Ngbede is from Agatu. For the Igedes, the stakeholders are insisting that a former deputy governor of the state, the Late Chief Ogiri Ajene had occupied the seat.

At the moment, various political stakeholders and support groups from the Idoma and Igede communities are convening various secret meetings, clamouring for their desired candidates to be named as the running mate.

However, it is argued that Ode and Ogbole are from Otukpo where the senate president, David Mark comes from, just as Oyigeya, an Ogbadibo indigene, is from the same place as the present deputy governor, Chief Steven Lawani and cannot be a running mate to the governor.

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