Group calls for suspension of ex Gov Ortom from PDP - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, January 11, 2024

Group calls for suspension of ex Gov Ortom from PDP


A group under the aegis of Benue PDP Foundation Group, BPFG, has called on the State Working Committee, SWC, of the party to suspend its leader, former Governor Samuel Ortom for alleged anti party activities. 

The group in an open latter to the SWC read to the media in Makurdi by its Coordinator, Micheal Aberagi blamed the the poor outing of the party in the last general election on Chief Ortom who is the leader of the party in the state. 

Aberagi who recounted Chief Ortom's strides in politics and supposed infractions, urged the SWC to "within two weeks commence disciplinary measures against Chief Samuel Ortom in order to save the PDP in the state. 

"Specifically we request that the state working committee of the party suspends Chief Ortom and set up a disciplinary committee to handle his matter. If the SWC of the party fails to respond to this in two weeks, the National Working Committee, NWC, or any relevant body of the party at the national level should dissolve the Benue state EXCO of the party with immediate effect. 

"Failure of these organs of the Party at both the state and national levels to do the needful as requested above, the entire membership of the party in the state shall be mobilized to save the party." 

But responding, the SWC through the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Bemgba Iortyom dismissed the existence of the group, informing that "we do not have any known group that goes by that name in the PDP. It is a pseudo group because even the name of the sole signatory of the text is not known to us. 

"We have groups in the PDP and we work with them and know their leaders but we are not aware of this one and of course it is an ad-hoc group which has been prompted for that action. 

"We urge the general public to disregard in totality that action because it is of no consequence and the procedure has not been followed even if it were an action by genuine persons or group they still have to follow the laid down procedure. There is a due process for doing a thing of that nature. 

"We also serve a note of caution to whoever maybe behind this pseudo group, if such a person has any genuine grievances they know the process to follow. Come before the party properly and lay your complaints. 

"PDP after the last election is going through reformation under the leadership of former Governor Ortom who remains the leader of the party and has been carrying the burden of running the party in the state. 

"He has been up and doing in running the administration of the party. The State Secretariat here is surviving by the sacrificial efforts of Chief Ortom. He is doing so much, calling meetings of stakeholders and lots more. 

"Of course the Minority Leaders of the Senate is also supporting but Chief Ortom is obviously carrying a very large chunk of that responsibility. And we feel that any group which is coming up now with such an action certainly is not within the ambit of the PDP and does not mean well for the party and we caution them to desist from such acts."

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