June 18, 2024

Benue APC crisis: No faction, Akume remains leader – NASS caucus

The All Progressives Congress, APC, National Assembly caucus in Benue State has debunked claims that there are two factions of the party in the state.

DAILY POST reports that the state level of the ruling party has been in chaos following the face-off between the state Governor, Hyacinth Alia and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume.

Alia and Akume, his predecessor, are battling for the leadership of the party structure in the state.

But the caucus in a statement issued on Monday by Hon Philip Agbese, the joint spokesman of the NASS, said Benue APC has no faction.

According to Agbese, those making such insinuations are “desperate comedians who are struggling for roles in Nollywood.”

The lawmakers said Akume remains the leader of the party in Benue as far as the APC’s doctrine and philosophy were concerned.

The lawmakers reckoned that as long as the party’s constitution and National Working Committee, NWC, were concerned, Austin Agada who was earlier sacked by his ward, remained the state chairman.

Agbese also wondered why Governor Alia who has barely spent one year in office wants to be equated with a man who has been governor for eight years, Senator for 12 years, Minister for four years and currently the SGF.

“We are true party men and doing things the unique way in line with the party’s doctrine of command, and that’s why members of the National Assembly Caucus are highly respected in our constituencies.

“We have not told anyone in our domains that we are the leaders of the party. For example, how do I address myself as the leader of the party in my federal constituency with Senator Ameh Ebute, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and Chief John Ochoga all from my place?” He queried.

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