From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
Benue State Commissioner for Finance, David Olofu has commended the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the peaceful conduct of primaries for House of Assembly and House of Representatives across the state on Sunday.
Olofu who gave the commendation while monitoring the exercise in his Apa local government area on Sunday, lauded the efforts of the electoral officers, various security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for making the process transparent, free and credible.
Hon. Olofu who is Chairman, Forum for Finance Commissioners in Nigeria stated that the process which saw to the emergence of the State and National Assembly candidates of the party in the state was very transparent and peaceful.
He attributed the peaceful conduct of the primaries and it’s outcome to the wisdom of Governor Samuel Ortom and the party leadership at the state who ensured that due process and diligence was followed.
“From the distribution of materials, to deployment of electoral officers and the eventual conduct of the primaries across the state, we must give it to His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom and the party leadership at the state.
“What I have seen so far today in Apa and from what I gathered from my colleagues across the state, the exercise is already a huge success.
“The process is peaceful, transparent and credible too. We must not fail to acknowledge the role of the security agencies, INEC and the electoral panel, especially, those who conducted the primaries in Apa.
“Let me also use this opportunity to congratulate the House of Assembly candidate for Apa State Constituency, Hon. Abu Umoru, the House of Representatives candidate for Apa/Agatu, Hon. Ojotu Ojema and all other candidates that emerged across the state.
At the primaries for the House of Assembly in Apa, Abu Umoru polled 25 votes against Matthew Adobunu who came a distant second with 9 votes, while Ojotu Ojema pulled 27 votes to defeat his closest rival, Melvin Ejeh who scored 24 votes in the House of Representatives contest.
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