By Nigerian Concord Newspaper
The Benue state chapter of All Progressive Congress has accused the state governor, Mr. Hyacinth Alia of using his position and power to cause disunity and chaos in the party.
The Benue APC also said that Governor Alia has turned himself to a comedian by forcefully suspending the state chairman of the party, and illegally appointed the suspended state welfare secretary as an acting Chairman.
These were contained in a press statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Daniel Dan-Morgan Ihomun who maintained that the state Exco of the APC remains solid under Comrade Austin Agada.
According to the statement, the Benue APC will resist Alia’s plans to cause disunity, chaos and troubles in the party. It also maintained that Austin Agada remains the state chairman as resolved by the National Working Committee of the party.
The press statement reads: The All Progressives Congress in Benue State has noted another failed attempt to undermine the party leadership and Constitution by anti democratic agents bent on causing confusion within the ranks of the APC in the state.
This is noticed in social media reports to the effect that suspended state welfare secretary of the party, Benjamin Omakolo has been inaugurated by Governor Hyacinth Alia as acting chairman of the party in the state. This action has no bearing whatsoever in the Constitution and precedence of the party and is therefore null and void, having no effect whatsoever on the party.
Members of the APC at all levels and indeed the people of Benue State are to totally disregard this comedy and it’s actors.
The National Secretariat of our great party has since restored the status of Comr. Austine Agada as member and state chairman of the APC in Benue state and all well meaning members of the party have returned to status quo.
The executives of our party in Ehaje ward 1 have since unearthed the mischief that shamelessly played out leading to reports of the purported suspension of the state chairman which have no place in the party’s Constitution.
The office of the governor of a state has so much powers but this does not include appointment or inauguration of party officials.
We urge those working with the Governor of Benue state, Hyacinth Alia to always guide him properly to avoid embarrassing outings especially on issues concerning party administration.
This desperate attempt to cause disunity, division and chaos in the party in Benue state will be resisted.
Members of our party at all levels in the state are to remain calm. This kangaroo inauguration is of no consequence whatsoever as it is alien to our party.
The State Executive Committee of the APC remains united, untouched, strong and legitimately in charge.