Posters of former Senate President David Mark for presidency in 2019 adorned many streets of Makurdi, Benue State capital.
The posters were also conspicuously displayed at the State secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where the party held its monthly congress.
The congress was aimed at appraising the Supreme Court judgment which kicked out Modu Sheriff as chairman of the PDP.
In his remark, immediate past Governor of Benue State Gabriel Suswam lampooned his successor Samuel Ortom of hoodwinking the people as a man of God while mortgaging the future of the State.
He described the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government as clueless, noting that it lacked ideas on how to govern the State.
Suswam accused the government of failure to execute tangible projects and pay salaries of workers in two(2) years, despite the huge loan of over 55 billion naira taken from banks, Bailout funds, Paris Club Refund and over 300 billion gotten from the Federation Allocation.
“This government is just mortgaging the future of the State. It is a clues government that is just playing politics. There is total collapse of the rural economy. Institutions of the state have collapsed too. Contracts are awarded to incompetent contractors particularly to Tongyi a company owned by a government appointee. No single project has been completed and commissioned.
“There is mediocrity in governance. A few persons are embezzling money in the name of ghost workers. It is only when money is released that they embark on screening. Who is paying these ghost workers? The Governor should stop playing God,” he lamented.
The former Governor also accused Ortom of recruiting Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, ahead of 2019 election, warning that the party will resist them.
He, therefore, urged party members to brace up for the challenge ahead, averring that it is not going to be a tea party.
Former Senate President Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and Former Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Moro advised the party to enshrine internal democracy, if it wants to recapture power in 2019.