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BREAKING: Benue Governor Alia reportedly perfects plans to dump APC for PDP, Holds Meeting With David Mark, Suswam, Ayu, Gemade 

In the wee hours of today Sunday 3rd December, 2023, Alia held a zoom meeting with some influential leaders of PDP. Those at the were former Senate President David Mark, former National Chairman of PDP Senator Iyorchia Ayu, former Governor of Benue State Gabriel Suswam and another former National Chairman of PDP (though now in APC) Senator Barnabas Gemade. 

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Benue Governor Alia reportedly perfects plans to dump APC for PDP, Holds Meeting With David Mark, Suswam, Ayu, Gemade 

 

As the rift between the embattled Governor of Benue State, @Alialization and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state worsens, there are strong indications that the Governor is on his way out of the party which gave him the platform to win the 2023 election.

 

Governor Alia who is apparently no longer sure of getting a 2nd term ticket in APC, in the event he wins the case pending at the Supreme Court, has made advanced alternative plans with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, @OfficialPDPNig on a possible defection.

 

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Benue Governor Promises To pay gratuity to civil servants one week after retirement 

 

In the wee hours of today Sunday 3rd December, 2023, Alia held a zoom meeting with some influential leaders of PDP. Those at the were former Senate President David Mark, former National Chairman of PDP Senator Iyorchia Ayu, former Governor of Benue State Gabriel Suswam and another former National Chairman of PDP (though now in APC) Senator Barnabas Gemade.

 

According to impeccable sources, Alia ran to the group seeking for shelter as, according to him, he is “no longer safe in APC”. He told the meeting that the leader of APC in Benue State and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF Senator George Akume yesterday (Saturday 2nd December) summoned the 23 local government chairmen of APC to Abuja and directed them to suspend him (Alia) from the party.

 

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The zoom meeting assured Governor Alia that PDP will make its platform and structures available to him, if he defects to the party. They also promised to give him the 2027 governorship ticket of the party. The next couple of weeks will be used by Alia and the PDP leaders to perfect his defection plans.

 

Benue Governor, Hyacinth Alia, Suspends All 23 LG Chairmen 

 

On Thursday 30th November, All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government Chairmen in the 23 local government areas of Benue State held a meeting in Makurdi and passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Alia accusing him of neglecting the party and running the government like a one-man show.

 

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The APC chairmen who issued a communique at the end of their meeting, expressed disappointment, worry and dissatisfaction over the manner in which Governor Alia has consistently sidelined the party in the decision-making processes of the state.

 

Yesterday 2nd December, the House of Representatives Member for Gwer/Gwer-West Federal Constituency of Benue State, Architect Asema Achado in a statement he posted on his official Facebook account, enjoined Governor Alia to always dialogue with relevant stakeholders in the party.

 

Achado called on the Governor to explore alternative approaches that may better serve the interests of all stakeholders involved, especially now that according to him, the Nigerian Senate has resolved on the stoppage of federal allocations to local government run by caretaker committees instead of elected officials.

 

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In a swift reaction, Governor Alia, through his Chief Press Secretary Tersoo Kula, took a swipe at Achado accusing him of blackmailing the Governor by choosing to go public without first seeking private audience with him.

 

In the same statement, Governor Alia threw a jab at the SGF Akume by asking, “Or is Arc Achado staying away because he is afraid an overlord maybe somewhere that will not be happy with him if he does otherwise?”

 

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Alia has been accused by APC leaders of betraying those who helped him to emerge as Governor, particularly the SGF whose candidates for the positions of Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly and that of House Leader were snubbed by Governor Alia who installed his loyalists, marking the beginning of the ongoing rift.

 

Alia has been accused by @OfficialAPCNg of running Benue State under the tutelage and guidance of former Governor of the state Gabriel Suswam of PDP since June when the current Governor snubbed the APC leadership in terms of key government appointments and other decisions.

 

 

Following his meeting around 2am on Sunday morning (December 3rd) with prominent figures in PDP, it is increasingly becoming clear that Governor Alia already has one leg out of APC and may only be waiting for the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement on the Benue governorship case to make the final move.

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