Confusion Rocks APC As Appeal Panel Nullifies Governorship Primary
The gubernatorial appeal panel led by Princess Uzoamaka Onyeama was said to have nullified the direct primaries held on May 27 and 28 of which Revd Fr Hyacinth Alia emerged as the candidate of the party.
The emergence of Revd. Fr. Alia has been greeted by several protests as other aspirants like Prof. Terhemba Shija, Chief Micheal Aondoaka, Senator Barnabas Gemade and others alleged that there was no primary election.
Part of the said report read “It is the submission of the Appeal Committee members that from the foregoing, the past event of Zamfara State and the more latest and potent danger of Anambra State; that no governorship primary election held in Benue State and we recommend as follows.
“That the NWC cancel in its entirety the gubernatorial primary election in Benue State and conduct a fresh election as INEC has extended its time limit to 9th of June, 2022.
“To avoid putting the party in public ridicule and odium as in Anambra State, the party should avoid unnecessary litigations”.
Describing the result of the election as a ‘yahoo yahoo result’, the panel said, “no election took place in Benue State gubernatorial primary election on 26, 27, 28 May, 2022, and the results so submitted by the primary election committee members were an allusion, mirage, façade and at best a “Yahoo Yahoo result sheet.”
On the figures, “we the appeal panel unanimously agreed that it is not a true reflection of a credible election result, it is too flawless in figure a clear proof of the assertions of the aspirants/stakeholders submission that it was written in somebody’s house, the state party secretariat, in hidden places,” the panel said.
However, in a Counter statement, the Benue State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr. Daniel Ihomun dismissed the said appeal panel report.
Ihomun in a statement said, “The APC on the 26/5/ 2022 conducted its governorship primary election to produce a candidate for the 2023 general election using the direct method of election. The election which was carried out in all the 276 wards in Benue State produced Revd. Fr Hyacinth Alia who scored the highest number of votes and was returned winner.
“We wish to make the following points very clear to our members and good people of Benue state; that the purported report is fake and have no substance. An appeal panel by a political party lacks the powers to cancel any primary election. The election that produced the candidature of Revd. Fr. Hyacinth Alia is valid and reflects the wishes of majority of APC members across Benue State.”