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Ex-minister of deadly immigration recruitment clinch PDP senatorial candidate

Abba MoroEx-minister of deadly immigration recruitment clinch PDP senatorial candidate

Mr Moro, the ex-minister who coordinate the deadly and array immigration recruitment exercise that caused the death of young Nigerians seeking for employment, has secure a senatorial ticket as Benue South Senatorial under the People Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Moro, an ally of formal Senate President David Mark, was the interior minister on March 15, 2014 when a poorly planned recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) caused the deaths of applicants across Nigeria. The applicants died in stampedes caused by the poor organisation of the recruitment tests in Abuja and other cities.

Apart from the deaths of the applicants, Mr Moro and others are also believed to have defrauded the applicants of hundreds of millions of naira and are being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

The then NIS chief, David Paradang, not only accused Mr Moro of supervising the recruitment, he is now a prosecution witness and told the court how Mr Moro allegedly violated a presidential directive after the recruitment.

Mr Moro’s prosecution has, however, not deterred him from seeking to be a federal lawmaker within Nigeria’s largest opposition party, PDP.

Announcing the results of the rescheduled senatorial election on Sunday night at the handball court of Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi, Sunny Agbade, Secretary of the PDP Benue South Senatorial Electoral Committee ,declared Mr Moro winner .

Mr Moro polled 461 votes to defeat Joseph Ojobo, a one time member of the State House of Assembly, who polled 365 votes, while Mike Onoja came third with 165 votes.

Mr Agbade said over 1,000 adhoc and statutory delegates participated in the primaries.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Moro assured the people of good representation and his determination to serve them better as a senator.

He assured the people of the district that he would work hard to ensure victory for the PDP at the general elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the polls had been postponed twice- once in Otukpo on account of violence and in Makurdi because polls were inconclusive.

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