Sacking Benue PDP Exco Because Of Ortom Is Undemocratic – Nyitse

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benue State, who is also a governorship aspirant, Dr. Tivlumun Nyitse speaks on the takeover of the PDP structure by Governor Samuel Ortom among other issues

On Monday, the PDP party structure was handed over to Governor Samuel Ortom…

There is no doubt that elders of the PDP have a role to play in the party and I think that a party like the PDP is being guided by constitution. I believe that whatever they are going to do should not be outside the party but I don’t know what the party constitution says concerning those joining the party but I believe that those who were there before now should not suffer unduly simply because new people joined the party. It would be against natural justice and unconstitutional to allow people, who have been with the party all the years, nurturing it, to suffer unduly. Such a situation could lead to apathy. Although I am not condemning what the elders had done. I only hoped it was done in the interest of the party.

My position is that there must be an element of consideration for members that have made sacrifice for the party. That is very important but if anyone thinks that it is not important, then, there is a mistake somewhere. If they think it is not an issue, then there is a problem.

Are you saying this because the development may affect your chances of getting the party’s ticket to seek elective office?

We are not talking of getting elected into any position; my interest is how I could contribute my quota and play significant roles in the system. The interest of the mass majority of the people of Benue State should be paramount in the heart of any political leader in the state at the moment. An individual does not need to control all the party’s structure at the ward, local and state levels before he can win election. Whoever is saying that one needs to get the entire structure in order to brighten his chances is not saying the right thing because, as far as I am concerned, the party clearly already said the governor of the state remained the leader of the party. I am not angry about that. The members of the State Working Committee were elected to serve; so, removing them is undemocratic. No matter what they are dangling before them to resign, their appointment is unfair.

What are your thoughts on the plan by the governor to purchase forms for all the ad hoc delegates?

Purchasing forms for delegates is not democratic because, they won’t give forms to any delegate. A lot of things are happening that if you want to comment on them, it would be as if one is undermining people. What I am trying to say is that everyone has worked for the party; though there is nothing that suggests that it is a crime to join the party at any time, but what the leaders of the party must do should not be to disenfranchise or undermine people who have interests, like the aspirants. This is being done at the point we are having election. If the governor had been in the PDP, nobody would bother himself to go and pick forms and they are doing this thing without taking into consideration the other aspirants and that is going to be problematic because the governor has been given a head start already.

Are you saying the elders of the party have not met with the other aspirants?

The aspirants have visited some of the elders individually to talk to them about their fears. The elders did not deem it fit to call anyone. The aspirants felt that their interests are being jeopardised.

What are you going to do to win the primary election?

I have been talking to the delegates ever since the purchase of the nomination form. I have validated my interest to run for the governorship of Benue State. I am not just starting; it is just a continuation of what I have been doing to see if I can get the position, God willing.

What will you do if the party elders or governor invites you to harmonise interest?

There is no interest to harmonise here. I have already bought my expression of interest forms.

What are the things you will do differently from what Ortom has done to tackle the security situation in Benue State?

I will bring my style to bear in government based on my experience and what is on the ground. Security and welfare are paramount; any other thing will follow. Benue people are suffering. The main purpose of government is to protect the citizens; that is why security and welfare are paramount. If you are able to tackle these, it will boost the economy; the IGR and GDP of the state will improve. You cannot grow the economy in the midst of insecurity.

Because of the insecurity in Benue in the past two years, there has been no farming activity because no one can access the farmland and if care is not taken, in the next two years, there will be famine. After this, you talk of infrastructure. In the last three years, the state has been stagnant. No area of life has been attended to; so, I am coming on this basis to right the wrongs. I will focus on security, build infrastructure in the state and also policies that will develop the state. Already, I have a blueprint put together by experts, which would be used to develop the state. All the developmental projects like roads, education, health and others will be given adequate attention.

The herdsmen killings are not about the anti-grazing law in the state. There is no anti-open grazing law in Plateau, Zamfara and other states where we have killings. The crisis is not about the law. So, if anybody is using the law as a step, the person is just taking undue advantage (of the people). We had the crisis in 2013 and 2014 when we were in government and I know what happened.

 

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