By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Following the unanimous decision to adopt Rt. Hon Titus Uba as the consensus governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Benue State by the leaders of the party from the 14 Tiv speaking local government areas, more Governorship aspirants have resolved to tow the party’s decision.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue state, Nathaniel Ikyur disclosed this in a statement he signed and made available to Sundiata Post.
Sundiata Post recalls that Hon. Uba had earlier been endorsed by the party’s stakeholders from the 14 Tiv local governments as the consensus candidate for the 2023 governorship seat.
The aspirants restated their stance, Friday, May 20th, 2023 after a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Gabriel Suswam at the Benue People’s House Makurdi to finalize their consultations ahead of the party’s primaries.
The meeting, which lasted for several hours had eight of the aspirants saying that they decided to throw their weight behind the consensus candidature of Hon. Uba for the sake of the party and the people of the state they had sought to govern.
Chairman of the Forum of PDP Governorship aspirants in the State, Barrister Chille lgbawua stated that eight out of the twelve of them that purchased their nomination forms have agreed to work together to ensure that the consensus candidate of the party is returned at the forthcoming primary election without rancour.
He said they were committed to following all the processes prescribed by law and ensuring that due process was followed in support of Hon. Uba so that at the end of the day, their agreement would be lawful.
Igbawua who was flanked by Governor Ortom, Senator Suswam and the other aspirants also said their meeting was to consolidate on their decision and resolutions when ten of them met Thursday, May 19th, 2022 on the matter.
He expressed gratitude to Governor Ortom for encouraging peaceful dialogue among the aspirants toward a common ground noting that, for them, “the interest of the party was supreme and paramount.”
They pledged to also support the conduct of free, fair and credible governorship primaries in the state.
The aspirants include Arc Joe Ikyaagba, Dr Jibo, Susan Waya, Dr. Paul Ubwa, Dr Paul Orhii, Dr Akumbur and Dr. Dominic Akaahan.
On Thursday, May 19th, some other aspirants had earlier declared support for the consensus candidature of Hon. Uba, who is the current Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly.