Unless a miracle happens, the Benue State governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Samuel Ortom is favoured to clinch the number one seat in the April 11, 2015 poll.
Investigation revealed that many factors have counted on the side of the former Minister of State for Commerce, Trade and Investment, chief among which is last week’s victory of the presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. MohammaduBuhari.
Chief Ortom, a deeply rooted politician with massive appeal across all the spectrum of Benue society has since last week been receiving decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with some assuring that although they will not officially decamp but work underground to deliver their constituencies to him.
Daily Times gathered that penultimate Saturday, five chieftains of the PDP in Gwer West Local Government areas of the state including three former chairmen, two Special Advisers to Governor Gabriel Suswamviz; Chief Simon Aondona, Hon Anta Igbaato, GeofreyIchoughul, Andrew Ayande and Elder Nybiam decamped to the APC with thousands of their followers at a colourful occasion held in Naka, headquarters of the local government.
A day after, the APC standard bearer was invited by the supreme umbrella body of the Igede nation, OminyiIgede comprising of Oju and Obi local government areas where they pledged their unalloyed support for his candidacy.
The governorship hopeful according to information available from the campaign organisation is billed to receive staunch chieftains of the PDP to APC like Gen Lawrence Onoja and Hon Benjamin Aboho, a member of the House of Representatives before the end of the campaigns on Thursday, April 9th, 2025.
Daily Times gathered that while the campaign train of the APC has been on pedestal, that of the PDP has been on snail speed chiefly due to the shock the party experienced during the March 28th, 2015 presidential and national assembly elections.
An insider source told our correspondent that to worsen matters, the PDP governorship candidate, MrTerhemenTarzoor is running short of funds as he is said to be cash trapped while the APC’s victory is premised on goodwill and the peoples determination for change of.
A political analyst, Comrade James Tyosar said Ortom’s aspiration to govern Benue State is as good as achieved given the fact that the Idoma minority where the PDP is banking on for block votes will no longer vote for PDP to remain in opposition given their political history since independence.