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Party crisis: Ortom names road leading to Ayu’s house in Benue after Wike

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Wike, Ortom, Ikpeazu and others during commissioning of road in Benue

The internal crisis tearing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the buildup to the 2023 elections took a very disturbing dimension on Monday as Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State named the road leading to the house of Senator Iyioricha Ayu, National Chairman of the PDP, after governor Nyesom Wike.

Wike is the leader of the aggrieved PDP governors calling for the removal of Ayu.

News Band had reported how the aggrieved governors known as G-5 visited Makurdi, Benue capital, at the weekend.

The governors – Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), alongside Ortom and Wike commissioned some projects on Monday.

One of the projects inaugurated on Monday was the 2.1km Township Road constructed by the Ortom administration and named the Nyesom Wike Road.

The road, which is behind the Commissioner’s Quarters in Makurdi and which leads to Ayu’s house, was inaugurated by a former governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswam.

The five roads commissioned include the 9.4 km Tse- Poor Apir Road renamed Ayua Num road executed at 1.2 billion and the 7.7km Yaikyo- Tse Poor Road, now Chief Sule Abenga Road at cost of 1.4 billion.

Others are, the 2.0km George Akume-NKST Yina Road now to be known as Senator JKN Waku road at the cost of 560.4 million as well as the 2.10 km Kaanga-Akaya-Lucy Aluor-Otukpo Road now named Nyesom Wike Road at the cost 809.088 million.

Also commissioned is the 1.3km Low Cost Housing Estate- Bambam Road, now named after a seasoned politician, Chief JC Obande executed at the cost of 379.399 million.

While Wike commissioned the Ayua Num Road and the 14km electrification project in Tse Poor-Mbanima substation and distribution acknowledged the importance of roads for its economic gains, saying, as an agricultural state, “If you don’t have roads to take your farm produce to the city, it makes no sense.

“So, for this road and electrification, you have made life simple and easier for the people and that is what good governance is all about,” stressing that, “We want to say we are proud of you that you have made promises and today is a promise fulfilled,” Wike said.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Works, Engr. Jude Uungwa, presented the projects for commissioning, pointing out, that a good number of the road projects initiated by the Governor Ortom-led administration have been fully completed and some were at various stages of completion.

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