By Denen Achussah
Nigeria’s Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume has told All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State that he will have no hand in the choice of candidates for the 2023 general elections.
Akume, who is the leader of the party in the state gave the assuring words on Friday during the party’s caucus meeting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
The former governor has been accused of imposing candidates on the people.
Accepting responsibility, Akume said: “As your leader, I have failed you by always choosing candidates for you. But this time around, you will choose for me.
“Let the people decide freely for themselves. All of us are better than one of us,” he said.
Hundreds have already indicated interest to run for various elective positions on the platform of APC.
No fewer than 30 are aspiring to succeed the incumbent Governor Samuel Ortom on the platform of APC.
The 2019 gubernatorial candidate of APC in Benue State and Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers Council, Emmanuel Jime said he is happy that “the APC in Benue is still very strong, united and ready to win elections in 2023.
“For this reason, I urge all of us to take deliberate steps to avoid the mistakes of the past and focus on growing the party by helping our leader, Senator Dr George Akume who has for long carried the burden of this party on his shoulders.
“It is on this note that I have offered to buy nomination forms for all consensus candidates of the party in the forthcoming congresses across the entire Benue State so that the people involved won’t go about looking for money.”
The meeting, according to APC Publicity Secretary in the state, James Ornguga is in preparation of the forth coming local government congress of the party in the state.