Makurdi - Ten governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday withdrew from the ongoing governorship primaries in Benue on account of personal reasons.
Prof. David Ker, Andy Owouku, Alex Adum, Hinga Biem, Felix Atume, Tivlumun Nyitse, Dr Eugine Aliegba, Simon Anchaver, James Mbachiantim and Terhemba Nongo, individually announced their withdrawal at the election venue.
Those still in the race are former Minister of Justice, Mike Aondoakaa; Deputy Gov. Steve Lawani; Sam Ode, Ada Chenge, Mathias Oyigeya, former Trade and Industry Minister, Samuel Ortom; Terhemen Tarzoor and Terhemba Shija.
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The aspirants had foiled an attempt to impose on them a consensus candidate by insisting that a contest must take place.
Addressing the delegates, the Chairman of the electoral panel, Amb. Adamu Saidu, assured them of a level-playing field.
He said the panel would abide by the party’s guidelines and assured of free and credible polls.
Earlier, one of the aspirants, Aondoakaa, irked by the delay in beginning the polls, said the exercise was holding outside the stipulated time given by the party.
He said the elections were scheduled to hold on Dec. 8 but had entered into Dec. 9, which was outside the original timetable.
The elections had not commenced as at 1:35 a.m.
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