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G-9 withdraws from Benue APC governorship campaign council

By Terese Tse

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the aegis of G-9 from the southern part of Benue State have collectively declined their appointments into APC Governorship Campaign Council in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by the forum’s Publicity Secretary, Barr Akor Ikwuoche.

They said they have no confidence in the leadership of the party in the state, adding that it is an insult that the leadership meddles in the party affairs of the zone and takes decisions for them without consultation.

The statement read in part: “The leadership of G-9 Benue South Progressives Forum, on behalf of its esteemed members, wishes to inform the APC leadership in Benue state that all its members appointed into APC Governorship Campaign Council in the state have collectively declined their appointments. This collective decision of the members is to maintain sanctity of their ideological conviction and commitment to defending the pride and dignity of the Idoma nation.

“This action does not in any way mean withdrawal of support for the APC or its candidates by G-9 or the affected members, however, the group considers it immoral to accept any appointment under the current state leadership which has no respect for APC stakeholders in Idomaland when it comes to running the status affairs.

“The G-9 has in several agitations demanded that the Tiv controlled state leadership of the party allow the Idoma people to decide their party affairs by themselves and not by imposition from the Tiv leaders but all the outcry meant nothing to the state leadership. It will therefore, amount to greater insult on the Idoma people if Idoma leaders accept responsibility under leadership that does not accord the Idoma people any iota of dignity or fair share.

“Accordingly, all the under listed members of the G-9 who recently appointed into the APC governorship campaign council in Benue state have by this correspondence rejected their appointments and have withdrawn their membership of the campaign council.”

Those who were appointed to form part of the campaign council include: Chief Nelson Alapa, Comrade Abba Yaro, Engr Morgan Okoche, Theresa Odachi Ikwue, Engr Austin Oleho, Benard Ochepa, Michael Oglegba, Barr Akor Ikwuoche, Barr Oche Emmanuel, Amb. Prof. Dickson Akoh, Engr Johnson Agada, Sunday Odeje, and Anne Itodo Benjamin.

When contacted, the party’s spokesman in the state, Dan-Morgan Ihomun said he was still trying to reach the PRO of the group to ascertain the truth of the matter. “So, I have not established whether that is the true position of things or it’s a mere speculation,” he stated.

He said he was also making efforts to meet with the people whose names were mentioned in the statement to know if that is their true position.

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