Rev. Fr. Alia wins Benue APC Governorship Primary Rerun

Rev. Fr Alia

Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia, who contested for the governorship position in Benue State, has won the rerun primary election of the All Progressives Congress.

The election, which was held in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State, involved 12 Local Government Areas and 3 council wards.

The results were announced by the chairman of the rerun committee, Joel Omajali, on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the APC State secretariat in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State.

According to Omajali, 366,546 persons registered to vote, 292,930 persons were accredited, and 270,353 persons voted. Meanwhile, 195,314 persons voted for Rev. Fr. Alia.

He added that the other aspirants including Prof. Terhemba Shija scored 1,859, Terlumun Ikya scored 2,746, Bernard Yisa 338, Mathias Byuan1,4152, Sam Ode 21698, Godwin Ityoachimin 860, Barnabas Gemade 3,831, Michael Kaase Aondoakaa 3,517, Herman Iorwase Hembe 720, Terwase Orbunde 1,393, Steven lawani 23,925 and Ayom Mlanga, scored 0 votes.

Secretary of the Committee, Emma Maji, said that the rerun election was credible, free and fair.

After the results were declared, on behalf of the State Chairman, Comrade Austin Agada, the State Deputy Chairman of the party, Honorable Stephen Tsav, presided over the congress that affirmed the outcome of the rerun gubernatorial primary election.

It will be recalled that on May 27, 2022, the Benue APC had conducted its governorship primary election, where Alia was declared as the winner.

However, some aggrieved aspirants including Chief Barnabas Gemade, Chief Mike AƵndoakaa, Dr Mathias Byuan, Chief Stephen Lawani and Prof. Terhemba Shija wrote a petition to the National Working Committee of the party, demanding for cancellation of the election. Their reason was that there were cases of electoral malpractices.

Consequently, the NWC directed a rerun in 12 local governments which was held accordingly on the 8th and 9th June, 2022, and Alia maintained his landslide victory.

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