Reports published on pages seven of The Sun and 61 of Sunday Tribune newspapers of June 28th 2015, have sought to mislead members of the public that there was anxiety over Governor Samuel Ortom’s seat.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The planted reports are fabrications of mischief makers out to misinform.
In this instance they claim to be quoting a letter from the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Legal Adviser but on close scrutiny the contents neither justify nor support the claims of the authors who obviously seek to drum untenable support for a particular governorship aspirant of the party in Benue State.
It is most unfortunate that the man whose justice they wish to secure on the pages of newspapers claimed to have emerged as the consensus governorship candidate of the party on 11th January, 2015long after nominations had closed for that office and Samuel Ortom’s name had been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
By this time it had to take Ortom’s voluntary withdrawal, death, or court order to substitute his name.
None of the three happened and Ortom went into election as the APC governorship candidate and won convincingly.
A twist to the claim emerged at the Federal High Court in Abuja when two of the aspirants said to have supported the consensus candidature alleged that their signatures had been forged.
This claim was not disputed to the best of my knowledge and remains the subject of further discussion another day.
For today, the writers out of touch with happenings in Benue State still claim that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was challenging Ortom’s election on the ground that he was not validly nominated when in fact that case had been dismissed by the Makurdi Federal High Court.
The matter before the election tribunal against Ortom’s election is a solo action of the PDP governorship candidate without the support of his party whose suit in any case, had collapsed like a pack of cards.
Curious enough Ortom was not joined as a party in the case challenging his nomination before the Abuja Federal High Court which has to rule on whether he could be joined or not now that he has immunity as governor.
The claim in the reports that the APC National Working Committee has been meeting over the Benue governorship ticket is false as the national secretariat of the party had never notified Governor Ortom of such meetings in which his fate had to be discussed.
Let me reiterate my earlier position on this matter.
“From the foregoing it amounts to standing logic on its head and proceeding from there to build castles in the air for any one to have any forlorn hope that the Jime governorship project would ever fly or that the PDP would reenter the Benue Government House in 2015 through the back door.
Chief Dr Ortom’s nomination in the APC was validly concluded in accordance with the party’s constitution and guidelines in compliance with the Electoral Act.
The APC had amended its constitution last October to make provision for new entrants to contest for positions on the party’s platform within one day of their entry and for affirmation to be made in case of consensus candidates where primaries are impracticable.
Given the Benue APC scenario that is what happened.
Yes, there are court cases with regard to Chief Dr Ortom’s nomination but his lawyers have a rock solid defence.
There is therefore, no basis whatsoever for anxiety over anyone taking over Governor Ortom’s seat.
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