NASS Benue APC Caucus accuses Alia of running one-man show 


Members of the National Assembly, elected on platform of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) from Benue state, accused governor of the state, Fr. Hyacinth Alia of governing as a one-man show. 

The lawmakers,  led by Senator Titus Zam during a media briefing, Thursday,  said in spite of all entreaties,  the governor has refused to take stakeholders of the APC in the state along,  as he makes critical governance decisions. 

While denying any rift between incumbent Secretary to the Government of the Federation  (SGF), Senator George Akume and the governor, Zam said “it is nothing of a godfather and a godson issue,  rather, Senator Akume as a leader of the APC in Benue state,  has been appealing to us to be patient with the governor,  but we have run out of patience.

“It is necessary to state from the onset that, we have collectively and individually drawn the attention of the leader of the APC in Benue, Sen. Dr. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who has on several occasions pleaded for patience from us in the anticipation of a possible change of attitude from His Excellency Governor Hyacinth Alia. Rather than change for the better,  Governor Alia has become more emboldened and has continued to treat us and the party in general in the most disgusting, disrespectful and disingenuous manner.

“Gentlemen of the press, a background information on the status of APC in Benue State could be relevant at this juncture. Benue State APC, under the leadership of Sen. Dr George Akume as two term former governor of Benue, 3 term senator, Minister and now Secretary to the Government of the Federation, had won elections and taken over power in 2015 after President Tinubu alongside other Nigerians formed the party in 2014.

“Unfortunately, the then Governor His Excellency Samuel Ortom betrayed the Party and defected to the PDP, thus opening the chapter of a temporary set -back for APC in Benue State. Not daunted, the Benue APC under the leadership of Senator Dr. George Akume undertook a purposeful re-engineering of the Benue political landscape to reclaim her stolen mandate and return the State to the mainstream progressive politics in Nigeria. It is the now stronger APC that attracted Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia to desperately seek election on the Party’s platform.

“In retrospect, Fr. Alia only came to reap where he did not sow.  In any case, you are well aware of the rejection his candidacy received from older members of the party they felt aggrieved and resorted to stand by the advice of the leader of the party Sen. Dr. George Akume whose counsel has always been for the party to keep praying for Fr. Alia to succeed.

The Caucus therefore urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call Father Alia in order to restore to waning fortunes of the APC in Benue state.