Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom, has been selected with three others, from a plethora of aspirants seeking the same office, in a pruning exercise conducted by Minda PDP Elders Forum.

The outcome of the pruning exercise was announced in Makurdi, according to a statement on Sunday.

Ortom had several months ago made a similar list in an exercise conducted by royal fathers under the aegis of the Tiv Area Traditional Council.

Chairman of the forum and former House of Representatives member, Cletus Upaa, announced at a meeting with 16 governorship aspirants and 70 elders from the axis at the Makurdi residence of Senator Fred Orti that Ortom was selected from Guma, former Speaker, Benue state House of Assembly, Terhemen Tarzoor from Makurdi, Felix Atume, Gwer West and Alex Adum, Gwer.

He stated that the four have been advised to purchase governorship nomination forms and undergo the requisite screening by the party after which the forum would dialogue further to arrive at one aspirant to feature in the primary.

But he did not disclose the criteria used for the selection.


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