Saturday Polls: Details of How Benue APC Fared in 2023 Presidential, National Assembly Elections Emerge
- An aide to the Benue state chairman of the All Progressives Congress has debunked claims that his principal has been involved in anti[arty activities
- Martinez Ibn Tyotsume said that such claims are from individuals and groups with the antics of the 5th columnist
- According to Tyotsume, those behind the rumour to up their ante and stop reducing Agada to a unit or local government chairman
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The outing of most politicians across the country in the Saturday, February 25, presidential and National Assembly election, has continued to elicit reactions from various corners of the country's polity.
In Benue state, the loss of the chairman of the state's chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Austin Agada, has been attributed to antiparty activities.
Sources within the party said the abysmal loss of the chairman brought about embarrassment to the APC as Agada "lost from top to bottom; he lost his polling unit, ward, and local government to other political parties.
The source noted that the former student union leader showed no capacity as candidates of his party were defeated at all levels right in his backyard.
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Despite hailing from Ogbadibo local government, Agada's party performed woefully in the council, finishing a distant third behind the Labour Party and the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
It was alleged that the youthful and vibrant State Chairman entered into an accord with the Labour Party candidate for the Benue South Senate, Joe Ojobo, who hails from the same locality, Owukpa, Ogbadibo LGA.
Ojobo also emerged winner in all the units and wards of Owukpa and eventually won at Ogbadibo Local Government collation centre.
The source said:
"In the presidential election in the council, the Labour Party scooped the highest votes with 10,154 votes, while the PDP came second with 3,460 votes.
"Austin Agada's APC finished last among the top three with just 3,129 votes.
"For the senatorial election, the LP again won the APC state chairman's local government with 6,414 votes. Again PDP came second with 5,924 votes while APC scored just 4,698 votes.
"The House of Representatives election in the local government also saw the Labour Party scooping the highest number of votes; 6,080 votes. The PDP got 6,055 votes while APC scored just 4,857."
Continuing, the source noted that:
"Although the APC candidate, Chief Philip Agbese emerged winner of the Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency elections, and the eventual winner of the presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu won Benue State with a slim margin, Agada as a party chairman has zero influence on the outcomes of the elections, having failed to win his polling unit, ward and local governments.
"Already, pundits are expressing worries over his ability to lead the party to victory in the forthcoming governorship and state Assembly elections.
"His electoral value is being questioned following his "abysmal" outing in the presidential and National Assembly elections."
While the Benue APC chairman could not be reached for comments, his director of media and publicity, Martinez Ibn Tyotsumeh, urged the public to wade off the report.
Tyotsumeh described the reports as the "antics of the 5th columnist", who are working round the clock to sabotage the administration of his principal.
He warned those behind the rumour to up their ante and stop reducing Agada to a unit or local government chairman.
"Comrade Austin Agada is a workaholic and result-oriented State Chairman of our dear party, he can't be reduced to a mere unit or local government chairman. These people want to turn our capacity chairman into a sectional leader or a clan head.
"For a man as Agada, the bigger aim was to deliver Benue State to APC, which he has done gallantly.
"He couldn't have voted in his polling unit and still stay back to fight over votes that are not up to 50; whereas, his attention was needed at the state Secretariat.
"Those fanning the ember of hate should at least acknowledge the fact that, since the history of APC in Benue State, this was the first time that the party would win 10 out of 11 Federal Constituency seats; 2 out of the 3 Senatorial seats and delivered the Presidential candidate of APC."
Jubilation hits Benue over Aida Nath Ogwuche’s victory at the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court judgement that declared Aida Nath Ogwuche as the PDP candidate for Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency has been celebrated.
According to the Aida Nath Campaign Organization, the judiciary has shown the last hope of the common man.
The Campaign Organisation further said the outcome of the judgment is a victory for the great people of Enone.
2023: Ogwuche heads to Supreme Court, appeals for stay of execution in Benue Reps tussle
Recall that Legit.ng reports that a few weeks before the 2023 general elections, Hon. Barr. Aida Nath Ogwuche had approached the Supreme Court to appeal against a judgment stopping her candidacy.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by her media office noted that Ogwuche filed a notice of appeal on Friday, January 13. Ogwuche wants the apex court to declare her as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ado/Ogbadibo/Okpokwu Federal Constituency of Benue state.
Accompanying the notice of appeal was a motion seeking a stay of execution of the said judgment stopping her candidacy in the forthcoming election, pending the hearing and determination of the appeal at the Supreme court.