- Dr Tehemen Tarzoor and Dr Stephen Hwande, two former governorship aspirants on the platform PDP have joined the APC
- They were both aspirants in 2015 on the platform of the PDP
- A chieftain of the APC in Benue state, Sam Ode who disclosed this also boasted that the APC would win at the centre and also in Benue state
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has again welcome defectors as two former governorship aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party in Benue state joined them from the PDP.
The two aspirants are the PDP governorship candidate in 2015, Dr Tehemen Tarzoor and Dr Stephen Hwande, Punch reports.
This was disclosed by Sam Ode, a former minister of state for Niger Delta and a chieftain of the APC in Benue state.
Going further, he also faulted those accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being behind the killings in the state.
“Narrowing down the election to Benue state, the party is getting stronger. Just two days ago, we harvested three big fishes from the PDP, two governorship aspirants. Dr Hwande joined us, the same day, Dr Tehemen Tarzoor, who was the candidate of the PDP in 2015 elections, joined us too.
“We also opened talks with another big fish but because it has not been concluded I will not like to mention the name now. We are consolidating and we believe that we will win at the centre and we will also win in Benue State here.
“The killings in the state are unfortunate because lives of people cannot be quantified. We totally condemn the killings. We are happy that the situation is getting better. What is important now is to demobilise the people who have been displaced from their ancestral home as a result of the attacks. We want to restore them back so that they can live a worthy life.
“We don’t want to bring party politics to the killings that have taken place in the state. President Buhari is a man of patriotic zeal. He will never have anything to do with the killings. I say this without fear or contradiction. This matter is not of APC or PDP or any other party but it is a security issue that all of us, irrespective of political platforms we come from, need to collectively work together to stop.”
“We all know that the country today is gripped with security issues; people have been displaced as a result of Boko Haram (insurgency) in many local government areas. Asking people to come out en masse and queue to vote in such places can become a huge challenge and where one person is killed in such a situation, the whole thing will become counterproductive,” Ode added.
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NAIJ.com had reported that Senator representing Benue Northwest senatorial district, George Akume, has accused Governor Samuel Ortom of brandishing a fake PhD certificate and running the Social Investment Programme like a family business.
Akume made the statement at the All Progressives Congress expanded caucus meeting held at Castle Event Centre, Makurdi on Sunday, September 9.
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