Ahead of the September 3 local government elections in Benue State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state has commenced sales of forms.
Consequently, the PDP secretariat has become a beehive of activities as aspiring contestants have started flocking there to purchase their Expression of interest and nomination forms.
One of such is a consensus candidate from Ohimini local government area, Arch. Eric Adokwu, who stormed the secretariat, yesterday, with hundreds of his supporters to pick his forms.
The architect said he is in the race to serve the people, assuring that he will use his worth of experience to attract development to the area, even as he said he will strive for excellence and solicited the assistance of the party and his people to enable him win and represent them well.
Presenting the Expression of Interest as well as nomination forms to Adokwu, the State PDP chairman, Hon. John Ngede lauded the consensus arrangement by Ohimini party leaders.
He, however, cautioned that the party will avoid impunity and imposition as it strive for revival, urging party faithful to remain resolute in order to emerge victorious during the election.
Meanwhile, PDP chairman of Ohimini Local Government Area, Adakole Akatu promised that they will work hard to ensure victory of the party during the election even as he solicited the cooperation from the party hierarchy to enable them achieve this goal.
Similarly, Special Assistant to Senator David Mark on Media, Dr. Adakole Elijah, has expressed confidence that the PDP will win overwhelmingly during the polls and lamented over the high level of propaganda by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Propaganda will chase APC out of power. PDP have been tested and we distinguished ourselves”, Adakole said.
Nigerian Pilot reports that the local government elections, which would be first under governor Samuel Ortom’s administration, has started generating a lot of concerns from political parties especially the opposition.
Nigeria Pilot recalls that the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Makurdi, had two days ago dismissed the suit filed by former local government caretaker chairmen in the state whose appointments were terminated by the present administration.
The 23 caretaker council chairmen had approached the court seeking among others, a declaration of the court that their appointment as interim chairmen on April 8, last year by the immediate past governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam, was valid.
They also sought the declaration of the court that they were entitled to serve a term of six months and that the termination of their appointment by the present administration having served only two months was null and void. The aggrieved former council chairmen also asked for reinstatement and damages.
Delivering judgment on the matter yesterday, Justice Rakiya Haastrup, said it was noteworthy that the appointment of the former local government chairmen was not protected by law and as such, the issue of payment of salaries or allowances for unexpired tenure of office did not arise.
Justice Haastrup said the defendants, the Benue State government, the Governor of the state, the Attorney General of the state and the Bureau of local government and chieftaincy had affairs had dealt extensively on the position of the claimants as caretaker committee members of the local government council according to provisions of Section 7(1) and 1(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria regarding appointments and removal.
She maintained that the claims made by the sacked council chairmen lacked legal backing and could therefore not be upheld and dismissed it.
“From my findings and reasoning above, and also with judicial decisions cited, the claimants cannot succeed in their claims before this court; they are accordingly refused, as I equally find no merit in their action”, Justice Haastrup stated.

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