Posted: July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Gubernatorial Candidate in the recently concluded general election in Benue State, Engr. Bisibi Ati has denied allegations that he collected a sum N30m from the Executive Governor of Benue State and winner of the 2011 governorship election, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam to step down and declare his support for him. An allegation he has attributed to some suspected members of the ACN.
In his reaction, Ati said he neither negotiated with the PDP on anything nor collected any money from them. According to him, the former leadership of the CPC in the state frustrated him when it was only four days to the governorship election. Ati also alleged that while the state CPC scribe Mr Demenongo Unom was secretly working for the ACN, J. T. Orkar a member of the Board of Trustee of the CPC was also secretly supporting the PDP through his son-in-law, who is the present caretaker Chairman of Makurdi Local Government Council.
Engr. Ati further explained that in his attempt to stop them from such anti-party activity, they connived with some members of the party and disowned his candidate just four days to the election. He, therefore, unequivocally said, his winning chances were dashed which was why he declared his support for his younger brother, Gov. Suswam. He described Suswam as a governor whose performance can be rated as satisfactorily and even more than his predecessor, Sen. George Akume, describing the Akume led-administration in the state as a time with little or no achievements.
The CPC gubernatorial flag bearer also gave reasons on why he parted ways with Sen. Geroge Akume for the CPC. Seemingly, embattled Ati said he left the ACN because of lack of internal democracy in the party. According to him, the genuine members of the party were not allowed to freely and voluntarily nominate the governorship candidate. He said that rather, the governorship candidate Prof. Steve Ugbah was imposed on the members by a consortium in the party without due primary elections. He, however, insisted that he remains a bonafide member of the CPC, adding that more efforts and plans were on top gear to revitalize the party, CPC.
Meanwhile, Benue State Executive Committee of the CPC has suspended the state Chairman, Mr S. O. Adoyi, the state Secretary, Mr Demenongu Unom and the BOT member from the state. Mr J.T. Orkar, the zone B Chairman of the party Mr Mathew Zafefa and two other members for alleged anti-party activities.

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