APC Like minds, a group of Patriotic APC Members in Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency Benue State has urged its loyalists to distance themselves from a baseless report published on Sahara Reporters, alleging irregularities in the last Local Government Area congress.
The report, which quoted unknown sources, had claimed that the consensus APC Chairman for Ado Local Government Area Hon. Ikese Echo Benjamin is of no political value to the Party.
In a statement signed by the Coordinator of the group Hon. Ogbu Obande insists that, Ikese who has won elections in his Akpoge Ogblolo Ward of Agila district right from the time of ACN cannot be of less political advantage to the Party.
Also regards as unfounded, the statement that wife of the Minister of Special Duties, Chief Mrs Regina Akume through her aide, Anna Itodo and some members of the Ibrahim Mashi-led committee of turning the exercise into a money-making venture. This is baseless and untrue. Given the fact that, Chief Mrs Regina Akume is the mother of Benue and all APC faithful are her children. She does not indulge in illicit act nor her aides as canvassed by the unknown author.
“This is a deliberate attempt to smear the image of our indefatigable Leader Distinguished Senator Dr. George Akume, the incoming National Chairman of our Party. Though, we have uncovered the authors from Ado and Otukpo Local Government Areas, we want them to desist from tarnishing the image of our leader and the Party platform through which they are seeking political offices.’ Obande added.
“We never wanted to respond to the fake report because it was attributed to a ghost, but to set the record straight and avoid some elements against misleading the good people of Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency.
The group also viewed these allegations as smear campaign against the former Deputy Governor of Benue State, Chief Steve Lawani, Mrs. Regina Akume, Miss Anna Itodo, a Governorship Aspirant, Dr. Mathias Byuan and other party stakeholders from Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency.
“We want to state it categorically that at no point did Miss Itodo receive any money from Chief Steven Lawani, Sunny Oche or Dr. Matthias Byuan to edit the congress lists for Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo local government areas.
Stressing that the sponsored article is a clear voice of Jacob but hand of Essau, he the failure of the said source to reveal his/her identity.
Surprisingly, the mendacious report has been making the rounds claimed Anna Itodo said any aspirants who fails to settle her will not make it to the 2023 general elections is wicked and an attempt by mischievous elements kill the party in Benue State.
“We can say this without fear or favour that the exercise in Ado and the entire Enone was peaceful without any rancour.
Therefore, urged members of the fourth estate of the realm failed to balance it’s report by reaching out to Miss Itodo and party stakeholders whose names were mentioned for comments before publishing.
“We want to make it clear that the report should be discarded in entirety as it is laced with hatred and clear attempt to pitch leaders and members of the APC in Benue against each other.
Urged members of the APC in the constituency to remain resolute and supportive to the new leadership in the quest to regain power from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which has obviously failed the people of Benue State.