BREAKING: PDP suspends ex-local government chairman in Benue

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogbadibo Local Government has suspended the former chairman of the council, David Abah Umoro from the party.

The decision was communicated through a statement by the Chairman of PDP, Ogbadibo Local Government, and the head of the Disciplinary Committee.

According to the letter, Umoro’s suspension is attributed to Anti-Party activities and various other offences.

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The Disciplinary Committee, representing Orokam Ward 1 PDP, stated that the decision came after a review of the 2023 General Elections, mainly focusing on Umoro’s role on the day of the National Assembly and Presidential Elections in 2023.

The letter read: “Orokam Ward 1 PDP suspends Hon. David Abah Umoro for Anti-Party activities in his Council Ward. This development came up after the review of the 2023 General Elections, his role on the day of National Assembly & Presidential Elections 2023.

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“David Abah Umoro ceased the Local Government Party agent tags on 25 February 2023 and equally refused to release the money meant for party agents in his Council Ward, this development has aided other political parties like APC and Labour Party to win some polling units.

“Secondly, since his election as Executive Chairman of Ogbadibo Local Government Council, he has never for once conveyed a party meeting or pay the annual subscription to the party as provided under section 8 sub-section 9 of the PDP Constitution.

“Thirdly, it is on record that the said David Abah Umoro was invited thrice and failed to comply to the directives of the party, even when he promised to be present in a meeting held on the 2nd February, 2024. After several invitations, he deliberately refused to honour the invitation of the Ward Disciplinary Committee.

“In view of the above and many other silence offences which has affected our great party, PDP. The Disciplinary Committee of the Ward expressed their dissatisfaction on the general conduct of Ex-Council Chairman.

“All Excos including the stakeholders of the ward passed a vote of no confidence on him (David Abah Umoro) and he remains suspended from the party indefinitely.

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“Attached are signatories of the Disciplinary Committees members and Stakeholders of Orokam Ward 1 PDP,” the letter read.

Meanwhile, the PDP in the state has demanded that Governor Hyacinth Alia provide a detailed account of how he expended N44 billion in special intervention grants received from the Federal Government between August 2023 and 2024.

The call came in response to comments made by the leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Senator Tilley Gyado, who disclosed at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi that N44 billion in intervention funds had accrued to the state in the past nine months.

Gyado listed the funds as N5 billion post-subsidy removal, N9 billion infrastructural funds, and N30 billion sub-national intervention funds.

However, the Benue State government and other states have denied the receipt of the alleged N30 billion sub-national intervention funds, contrary to claims made by Senate President, Senator Godwin Akpabio.

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However, the Benue Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Bemgba Iortyom, expressed shock at the revelation that the state government had received the funds, noting that Alia had not disclosed the receipt of such funds to the public, except for the post-subsidy removal (palliatives) fund, of which he acknowledged receiving N2 billion and remained silent on the outstanding N3 billion.

The PDP criticized the lack of transparency and accountability in the governor’s handling of the funds, stating that the non-disclosure of the N44 billion federal intervention grants reinforced his policy of concealment and disregard for due process and the rule of law.

“If there was a N9 billion infrastructure fund and a N30 billion Sub-national intervention fund, the people of Benue State are only getting to know about it from the APC statement, and this by all standards of transparency and accountability is unacceptable.

“PDP is saddened that this non-disclosure of N44 billion federal intervention grants by Governor Alia reinforces his policy of concealment and disregard for due process and the rule of law which underpin a style of governance that is in character a sole administratorship,” Iortyom stated.

The opposition party called on the governor to come forward and explain how he utilized the N44 billion special grants, stating that failure to do so would only raise further suspicions about his administration’s lack of transparency and accountability.

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