James Ibechi

PDP chairmanship: why Ortom not backing David Mark?

L-r: Mark and Ortom

As the national convention of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, draws near, various interest groups are lobbying and making moves on how to win key posts in the party.
One of the most sought after post in the party is the National Chairman which has been zoned to the North.
However, a strong indication has emerged that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State is not backing former Senate President David Mark.
Mark is also from Ortom’s home state — Benue.
Since Mark is said to be in the race for the top post, many people expected Gov. Ortom to back him and mobilize support for him to win the post. But, the reality on ground so far proves otherwise.
The main reason for this is that Ortom’s interest is in another aspirant for the job.
According to a report by The Punch, Ortom is backing another former Senate President, Iyorchia Ayu for the post. Ayu is also from Benue like Mark.
In a situation where two strong politicians from the same state are interested in the same post, it was expected that the state Governor would decide who to support between the two. His choice in a situation like this depends on a number of factors.
One, the person he is strongly interested in backing. This could be because he is personally convinced that the person will do well on the job. It could also be because he believes that the person has better chances of winning the post. It could even be because of some personal relationship he has with the person that convinced him to work for him. All these would have been considered by the Governor before making his choice.
Two, it is possible that efforts to make one person to allow the other to contest for the post failed. This is another reason that could lead to this. Normally, when two persons from the same place (the same state in this case) are interested in the same post, there would be efforts to make one to allow the other to contest so that they would not divide their votes which will affect their chances.
It is possible that the two of them insisted on contesting for the post instead of one to step down for the other person. So, the Governor may be left with no option but to back one person whom he feels strongly convinced to support. It is left to be seen who will win the post at the end of the day.

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