Benue APC Lawmakers Dismiss Factional Claims, Affirm SGF Akume’s Leadership

The Benue State All Progressives Congress (APC) National Assembly Caucus has unequivocally refuted allegations of factionalism within the party in the state, asserting Senator George Akume’s leadership role in line with the party’s principles.

In a statement released on Sunday, signed by spokesperson Philip Agbese, and House of Representatives Deputy Spokesperson, the caucus clarified the party’s unity amidst reported political rifts.

The clarification follows recent reports highlighting tensions between Benue Governor Hyacinth Alia and SGF Senator George Akume, with the APC national leadership intervening to address the discord.

The caucus emphasized that claims of factionalism within the Benue APC are baseless, denouncing such assertions as the antics of “desperate comedians.” They urged party members to disregard any attempts to sow division, portraying those propagating factional narratives as entertainers rather than legitimate leaders.

Amidst the backdrop of the sacking of state APC Chairman Austin Agada and subsequent legal disputes, the caucus reiterated support for Agada as the legitimate state chairman according to the party’s constitution and directives from the National Working Committee.

Governor Alia’s recent inauguration of a new working committee for the Benue APC further fueled speculations of factionalism, but the caucus maintained that such actions do not alter the party’s leadership structure.

Addressing concerns over leadership roles within the party, the lawmakers emphasized a commitment to unity and adherence to the party’s doctrine, emphasizing the respect for established leaders such as Senator Ameh Ebute, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and Chief John Ochoga within their constituencies.


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