By James Shim and Matthew Ajai-Kume
All Progressives Congress (APC) has bent backwards to beg aggrieved aspirants with burning issues against the party to sheath swords and unite to achieve victory in the 2023 elections.
This was the trust of leaders and critical stakeholders of the party at the unveiling of the Deputy Governorship candidate, Dr Sam Ode and the Director General Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Rev Dr Frederick Kyaan and inauguration of the Campaign Council at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Square, Makurdi.
Chairman of the occasion and former presidential aspirant on the platform of the APC, Jack Rich, who sent in a message, solicited for peace, unity and genuine reconciliation.
He said no nation can grow without these virtues. “Divided we cannot stand. We are unveiling a Campaign Council to go into a battle and unless whatever we are doing is premised on peace and understanding, we can not move forward.
“That we should forgive ourselves. All those who are aggrieved to please sheath their swords in the interest of the party because we need to achieve this goal that God has set for us,”he stated.
Rich, who was represented by Chief Nelson Alapa, former Member, House of Representatives, appealed for the people to give total votes to all APC candidates from national down to state level so that there will be a government to replicate the development strides of the government at the national level.
The Minister for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs,, Senator George Akume said Revd Fr Hyacinth Alia has come to emancipate the state from its sufferings and backwardness.
Sen. Akume, who was represented by a chieftain of APC, Simon Shango said: “I now give the people of Benue State a true man of God, Revd Fr Alia to emancipate the people from their numerous sufferings.”
He called on APC faithful in the state to be peaceful during the campaigns, elections and thereafter for greater development to thrive.
In her speech, Chairlady of the occasion and former Senatorial aspirant in the state, Mrs Helen Atom said as a representative of women, mothers, youths and the masses, she was convinced that the gathering was the beginning of the journey of APC to Government House.
According to her, God has answered the prayers of Benue people by bringing Fr Alia to assume the leadership of the state in 2023.
“God ordained Revd Fr Hyacinth Iormem Alia, anointed him right in the womb before he was born.
“This is the journey of the masses, it is not the issue of the stakeholders, it is the cries of the Benue people,” she said.
Mrs Atom advised members of the party to sensitize the electorate on the need to guard their votes during elections, saying with Fr Alia, the people will have hope.
Earlier, Chairman of the APC, Benue State chapter, Austin Agada said the party was on a deliberate and painstaking mission to redefine the fortunes of the state and the people.
He admitted that though things might have gone the way some members will not be comfortable but such members should forgive whatever shortcomings they may have noticed in the interest of the party.
In an address,.the party’s 2023 governorship candidate in Benue State Revd Fr Hyacinth Alia noted that, the people of the state called for service and expressed his readiness to do so with the help of God.
Fr Alia urged the people of the state to vote all the candidates of APC and particularly the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in order to create a greater synergy between the federal and state governments for overwhelming development.
In separate thank you messages, Fr Alia’s running mate and the Director General of the Governorship Campaign Council, Dr Samuel Ode and Dr Frederick Ikyaan thanked the party for finding them worthy for the job, as well as promised to be loyal to the norms of the party and the party’s governorship candidate for total victory in 2023 general elections.