Candidate, party woes aggrieved aspirants in Benue

By Suru Charles

The need for all the aggressive governorship aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Benue state to lay down their arms and work for the interest of the party, has become a source of concern to the party’s governorship candidate.

The governorship Candidate, Rev. Fr (Dr) Hyacinth Iormem Alia, who made the appeal yesterday in Makurdi, beckoned at the aggrieved aspirants to sheath their swords and join hands with him on a round table for reconciliation.

He made the call while reacting to the Judgement of the case filed by the governorship Candidate of Labour Party (LP), Iorwase Herman Hembe, who contested the Guber Primaries with him in APC.

Iorwase Hembe, a Member of the House of Representatives for Vandeikya/ Konshisha Federal Constituency, would be recalled to have earlier gone to Court to seek relief.

In his relief, he prayed the court to declare that the votes allocated to him in the Gubernatorial Primaries of the APC held on 27-5-2022, and the rerun Primaries held on 8-6-2022, null and void, and of no effect whatsoever.

Alia, in continuation of his reaction, revealed that he is excited over the Court Ruling, describing it as an exhibition of fairness, truth, facts, and supremacy of justice, by the judiciary, which he said, clearly represents the voices of the people/hope of the common man.

He said “I am quite excited to hear the good news of the judgement. I am pleased that fairness is out there, the truth, the facts, have all played out. I am quite pleased with the victory.”

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The victory, as further stated by him “Is not my personal victory but the APC victory, and above all, a victory for truth, and the entire Benue people. Once you know the truth, the truth will set you free.

While lauding the efforts of his legal team for their hard work, he was also observed to have taken his time to invite “all the other folks who feel aggrieved that the endpoint should not be the court.”

He said “We are brothers, and this is our State. At the end of the day, we will all just still need to come back to salvage our State” adding that “I am inviting them to come back; let us still stay on a round table for reconciliation, to talk like brothers.”

“Let us talk like all of us have a stake in the development of our State. Because there is so much more that can unite us than the tiny bits that seem to be dividing us. Once they come back, all of us will stay on the page for what works for the growth and development of our State”, he said.

On his part, the APC State Chairman, Comrade Austin Agada, also called on the aggrieved members of the party to join him and Fr. Alia in moving the State forward, noting that the end point of the aggrieved members and the party, can never be the Court Judgement, but the stake of all and sundry in the development of the State, from her deplorable state to an enviable height.

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