Thursday, 20 April 2017

Benue LG Polls: 5 Aspirants Accuse APC Of Imposing Candidates

Five All Progressive Congress (APC) members aspiring to contest the Makurdi Local Government Chairmanship seat in the June 3 local government polls have accused the party of imposing a sole candidate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aspirants – Christopher Abari, Emmanuel Fagah, Alex Ayayer, Dennis Udepuun and Anthony Dyegeh – stormed the office of the Deputy Governor, Benson Abnoun, to protest the said imposition, on Wednesday.

Addressing newsmen on behalf of his colleagues, Abari accused the state party leadership of “deliberately manipulating the entire party primaries to compensate a former APC governorship aspirant”.

Abari alleged that one Chief Akange Audu, who was defeated in the APC governorship primaries in December 2014, was being compensated with the chairmanship position.

“Audu’s wife, Juliana, has been declared the sole APC chairmanship candidate to fly the party’s ticket in the Makurdi Local Government contest.

“We do not think that such is fair because five of us bought the party’s nomination forms more than a year ago and were bracing up for the contest when it was called off and sole administrator appointed to head the local governments.

“When the process resumed not long ago, the six of us, including Mrs. Juliana Audu, appeared for the screening exercise, but the result of that exercise has not been made public.

“We were waiting for the result and the subsequent primary election, only to be told that we have been disqualified and that only Juliana scaled through the screening,” he said.

He alleged that Mrs. Audu was not qualified for the race because she was still a staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi.

However in a press release by Terver Akase Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom assures aspirants for the primary elections of the APC that complaints arising from the exercise will properly be addressed.

The Governor therefore urges the affected aspirants to channel their complaints to the Appeal Panel headed by the Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu.

He appeals to the aspirants to continue to exhibit maturity in expressing their grievances to pave way for peaceful resolution of the contentious issues.

The Governor restates the resolve of his administration to uphold internal democracy in APC according to the constitution of the party and the change ideology.

Governor Ortom commends APC members in all wards of the state for their commitment and is confident over the performance of the party's candidates in the forthcoming local government elections.

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