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Nyitse faults handover of Benue PDP to Ortom

Nyitse faults handover of Benue PDP to Ortom

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John Charles, Makurdi

A governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party in Benue State, Dr Tivlumun Nyitse, has said the handing over of the party’s structure to Governor Samuel Ortom will make other members nursing governorship ambition to become apathetic or lose interest in the party.

Nyitse said this on Tuesday while reacting to the decision of the party leadership to hand over the party structure in Benue State to Ortom.

The PDP elders, led by a former Senate President, David Mark, had on Monday handed over the party structure to Ortom.

But Nyitse, who is also eyeing the Benue State governorship seat, said he had already picked his nomination form and lamented that the decision of the party’s leadership was against the principle of natural justice.

Nyitse said it was not right that the party’s structure would be handed over to Ortom, who recently returned to the PDP, after spending years in the All Progressives Congress.

“Those who have been in the party should not be made to suffer for those who just came back. This is against natural justice and could lead to apathy amongst members.

“There must be some elements of consideration to uphold the survival of the party; let what will enhance the survival of the party be done. You do not need to have anybody in the party structure to contest any position.

“The governor is the leader of the party in the state, there is no doubt about that; but to put the party structure in his care is undemocratic and not in the interest of the party,” Nyitse fumed.

He said the decision would create a problem for the party, particularly as the elders did not meet with the other aspirants before taking the decision.

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