Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

2019: Benue PDP pledge free, fair primaries

The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue State, Hon. John Ngbede, has pledged that his leadership will conduct free and fair governorship primary elections come 2019.

The chairman said this when the State Working Committee of the party met with 10 aspirants who have indicated their intentions to run for governorship on the platform of the party come 2019.

Ngbede told the aspirants that he called for the meeting to allow for an interaction between them and the party leadership, saying such will foster commonality of purpose and engender healthy contest for the party's sole ticket for the governorship race.

He reiterated his party's commitment of the party to conduct a free, fair and transparent primary elections that will conform to the highest standards of credibility, the outcome of which he urged the aspirants to be willing to accept in the overall interest of the party.

He said the people of the state are desirous of returning the party to power in 2019 to save them from the four years of APC misrule "and we cannot afford to disappoint them".

Ngbede further aligned with the pledge of the party's National Chairman, Uche Secondus, that PDP has learnt from, and will avoid its mistakes of the past, such as impunity and imposition of candidates by party leaders, even as he charged the guber aspirants and their supporters to avoid all forms of negative campaign against one another.

Speaking separately, the governorship aspirants all pledged their loyalty to the party promising to accept the outcome of the party's primary election.

The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Bemgba Iortyom, listed the aspirants that attended the meeting to include the 2015 governorship candidate of the party, Dr. Terhemen Tarzoor, Prof. David Ker, Engr. Felix Atume, Dr. Gabriel Tivlumun Nyitse and Barr. David Iorhemba.

Others were Dr. Paul Orhii, Surv. John Tondu, Dr. Stephen Terungwa Hwande, Comrade Richard Gbawuan and Prof. Tor Iorapuu.

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