BREAKING NEWS: Former Benue Assembly members pass vote of confidence on SGF, APC Chairman

Former Benue Assembly members pass vote of confidence on SGF, APC Chairman

Former Benue Assembly members pass vote of confidence on SGF, Chairman


A forum of concerned former members of the from the , APC, on Wednesday, passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of the APC under the Secretary to the of the Federation, SGF, Senator George Akume and the chairmanship of Austin Agada.

The forum called on the Benue State government to desist from further polarisation of the , rebuild its with her representatives at the centre and take proactive steps to stem the tide of herders/farmers crisis as against the lip service and politicisation of the phenomenon

Speaking at a press conference in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, the Chairman of the forum and former speaker of the sixth and seventh State assembly, Dave Iorhemba, said the former members have observed with concern the frosty relationship between Governor Hyacinth Alia and the SGF and the avalanche of derogatory remarks, the use of uncomplimentary language and innuendoes flung at the person of the SGF by the governor and his team when the two sides should be working together for a greater Benue.

Iorhemba said the All Progressives Congress, APC as a party is built around the person of Senator George Akume who nurtured and sustained the party in the state since its registration.

“Senator Akume is equally the person who in consultation with critical stakeholders conceived and birthed the direct direct primary election at the gubernatorial primary election with the sole purpose of according victory at the primaries to the governor who is the latest beneficiary of the SGF's political sagacity.

“We declare our unflinching support to our leader, Senator George Akume and state in clear terms that the leadership of the APC in Benue State, is not an issue but rests unreservedly on the SGF in whom it's epitomised the perfect politician who readily leads a hand to the least in the society.

“As politicians and members of the APC, we note and restate for the benefit of those who do not know that, it is the party that wins votes at the elections and not the candidate.

“It is thus most unwarranted and an open display of political naivety for the governor and his team to openly declare that APC won the past election because of his candidature. We refrain ourselves from appraising the pedigree of the governor preceding his candidature but state categorically that votes were canvassed for the party and not the candidates”, Iorhemba stated.

He condemned the crisis rocking the APC in the state, including the cases arising from the challenge of the purported removal of comrade Austin Agada, stressing that despite the court orders issued to maintain the status quo of the Agada-led executive and the evacuation of the interim orders restraining Agada from carrying on as the state chairman, the governor has chosen to recognise a purported state chairman of the party and set up a parallel state secretariat.

They called on Governor Hyacinth Alia to restore peace in Benue and form a synergy with national assembly members from the state and other appointees of President at the federal level to attract more democratic dividends to the state.

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