BY VICTORIA IKEANO
Established in 1996, Nasarawa State had always been a PDP enclave since inception of the ,4th Republic in 1999 until 2011 when it lost the governorship position to APC but still controlled the State House of Assembly. Its fortune dwindled further in 2015 as it lost both the executive and state legislature with only four seats in the state Assembly, all of whom later decamped to the ruling APC. It had only one senator and two Representatives in the national assembly then. In last year’s general elections of 2019, APC cleared virtually everything leaving PDP with only two House of Representatives seat and two assembly seat, one of whom has defected. The party’s ward and local government congress election which was by consensus was already underway when a paid announcement by an aggrieved group on the state’s radio station stated that it had gotten a court order stopping its continuation.
Hon. Francis Orogu, Nasarawa state PDP chairman in a telephone chat dismissed their protestations, explaining that they all agreed on the consensus mode of the congress election and that the election was conducted by an independent panel from the party’s Abuja headquarters. He added that the aggrieved persons gave their consent at every step of the process.