Politics - Benue Updated: May 20, 2024

Benue: PDP stakeholders call for unity, wars against rumour-mongering

By Maureen Okpe
May 20, 2024

Stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have warned members to desist from rumour-mongering that tends to create animosity within the party in Benue State.

Addressing an expanded caucus meeting of the PDP at its Secretariat in Makurdi on Monday, former governor Ortom urged members of the party to prioritise collective interests over personal ambitions.

Ortom, while cautioning against leaving any member behind in the scheme of things, emphasised the importance of unity within the party, stressing that the party’s strength lies in its cohesion.

He stressed that the emergence of party leaders in the forthcoming PDP State Congresses should be a democratic decision made collectively for peace and cooperation to be sustained after the election.

According to him, the party leadership has initiated internal conflict resolution mechanisms to address disputes in the party.


In his presentation, the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Abba Moro, echoed Ortom’s sentiments, emphasising that despite being in opposition, unity remained crucial for the development of the party in the state.

Senator Moro cautioned against individual ambitions that could fracture the party’s unity ahead of the forthcoming congresses in the state, urging members to choose the best candidates that could lead effectively and deliver victory for the party during elections.

In his remarks, the immediate past senator representing Benue North East, Gabriel Suswam, decried some rumours circulating within the party that he and Chief Ortom are at loggerhead.

“These rumours were driven by selfish interests and the party’s leadership had met to address such rumours.

“Let me caution those using my aspiration for the national chairmanship of the party to cause conflict to stop. I will never welcome those who are bent on creating friction among the PDP leaders in the state,” he said.


He urged party members not to fight amongst themselves but to focus on winning elections in the state and beyond.

Some PDP state chairmanship aspirants’ supporters, including George Ali, Patrick Ogbu, and Chief Odeh Enyi, displayed banners with various inscriptions advertising the fitness of their preferred aspirants at the meeting.

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