Former executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Bem Agwe, has joined the All progressives Congress (APC).
Prof. Angwe, at an elaborate event held at Tse- Kucha in Gboko today, formally joined the party with thousands of his followers across the state who decamped from various political parties.
Declaring his intention, Prof. Angwe said he was joining the party in solidarity with his brother, Senator George Akume, whom he described as humane, tolerant and accommodating.
He expressed his willingness to support the APC to become a stronger party, as well as work closely with Senator George Akume and the Buhari-led administration.
In his remarks, National Caretaker chairman, Extra- ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Mai Mala Buni, represented by former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, said he was overwhelmed with joy following the mammoth crowd he saw.
He acknowledged the leadership qualities of Senator George Akume, describing him as one who is vast in knowledge and has played a vital role in the re-election of President Mohammadu Buhari.
Senator Nnamani said that Prof Bem Angwe joining the party at its rebranding stage was vital and significant to the success of the party in Benue.
Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume expressed happiness over the decision of the former NHRCH boss to join him in the APC.
The APC leader described Angwe as a worthy son, who is focused and knowledgeable and as such, his wealth of experience would impact greatly on the party in the state and Nigeria at large.
Earlier, the chairman of the occasion, Senator Jack Tilley Gyado, had alluded that the coming of Angwe was going to restore the unity of the Jemgbagh. people politically and expressed satisfaction with the leadership of the APC in the state.
Others who spoke at the event, including the State Chairman of the APC Comrade Abba Yaro, Senator Chief Barnabas Gemade, Member Representing Vandeikya/Konshisha Federal Constituency, Rt Hon. Herman Hembe, Member Gboko/Tarka Constituency, Hon. John Dyegh, former Senatorial candidate of Zone A in the 2019 general elections, Chief Mrs. Mimi Orubibi and Barr. Sam Ode, who all applauded the leadership qualities of Senator George Akume and hailed the decision of Prof. Bem Angwe in pitching tent with the All Progressives Congress in the State and assured him of equal rights and opportunities.
Highlights of the occasion include, the handing of APC membership cards and flags to the new entrant by the ward chairmen in company of the local and state government chairmen of the party.
Notable personalities who decamped from other political parties to the APC at the event include, former Special Adviser to the Governor Rev, Aernyi, former Governor’s Liaison Officer for Buruku Local Government, Hon A.A Iortyom, former Caretaker Committee Chairman in Kwande Local Government, Mrs. Helen Ikpambese, former Supervisory Councilor in Gboko Local Government, who also Served as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Revenue, Hon Terfa Iorgirim among others.