By Ochanya Patience Ekoja
As preparations for the forthcoming local government election in Benue State begin to gather momentum; the coast is becoming clearer for Hon. Chief George Ali to ride smoothly to the Otukpo Local Government Council.
The chances of Chief George Ali, a former member of the Benue State House of Assembly and now a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, became brighter on Thursday when the Benue APC zoning committee visited Otukpo Local Government Area.
Our Correspondent who covered the meeting reported that State zoning committee upheld the earlier decision of the local zoning committee which had submitted that the chairmanship position for Otukpo should be zoned to Ewulo ward, for the interest of equity, fair play and justice.
Addressing the expanded Exco of the party which converged on the APC zonal office in Otukpo, the Chairman of State zoning committee, Hon. Sawuan Tarnongo said the APC abhors any means of imposition of candidates, adding that, one of the cardinal principles of the party was to strengthen internal democracy.
"We believe so much in internal democracy and that is what has kept the party growing at all levels.
"We have taken into considerations, various reports submitted by the different organs of the party in Otukpo LGA vis a vis the comprehensive reports of the local zoning committee and these have also helped us greatly as we forge a feasible formula for a successful election.
"For the sake of equity, fairness and justice; and for the general interest of our great party; we have consulted widely and we therefore come to the conclusion that the chairmanship position for Otukpo LGA should be zoned to Ewulo ward ", Hon. Tarnongo said.
By the submission of the state zoning committee, the race for the Otukpo chairmanship has been pruned to only contestants from Ewulo ward.
As at the time of filling this report, among the 5 aspirants who have indicated interest and purchased party’s nomination form, only Chief George Ali is of the Ewulo ward and has the required social and moral credentials to pilot the affairs of Otukpo LGA of Benue State, come June 2016.