Tuesday, 10 May 2016


Contrary to public denials by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has maintained that it has been denied access to all public squares in Makurdi to hold its scheduled State Congress tomorrow by the All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled government in the state.

The congress has consequently been slated to hold tomorrow at the party's State Secretariat on New Otukpo Road in Makurdi.

State Organising Secretary of the party, Moses Audu, disclosed that applications from the opposition for use of venue were turned down by the managements of the government owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Square, Aper Aku Stadium and McCarthy Stadium.

According to Audu, the IBB Square was said to have been fully booked, and the Aper Aku Stadium uinavailable due to an impending professional league football match involving Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, while the McCarthy Stadium was said to be scheduled for renovation works soon.

Manager of McCarthy Stadium, Mr. Atetan, in a phone conversation with this reporter confirmed that the facility has been billed for renovation works to begin soon and as such cannot be available for the use of the opposition party.

But there are strong indications that the Ortom government is not comfortable with the idea of having the PDP hold its state congress in Makurdi.

Credible sources claim the ruling government is apprehensive that allowing the opposition party access to any of the state-owned public function facilities in the state capital will serve to showcase the rapidly growing strength and popularity of the opposition in the state.

It could be recalled that during the reign of the PDP controlled Suswam administration in the state the opposition were allowed unfettered access to those same facilities to conduct all of their functions.

By Bemgba Iortyom.

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