By Isaac Kertyo, Makurdi
The crises rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has continued unabated with the emergence of the state welfare Secretary, Hon Benjamin Omakolo as the State Acting Chairman of the party.
It could be recalled that the former Chairman of the party, Mr Austin Agada, was suspended by his Ehaje Ward 1 Exco of the party, which was followed by a court injunction, restraining him from parading himself as the Chairman of the party in the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State, Tersoo Kula, says the State Executive Committee members of the party visited Governor Hyacinth Alia at the Government House Makurdi, requesting that the vacant position of the State Chairman of the party be filled, in order to save it from further crises.
Addressing the gathering, Benue State Governor, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, Implored supporters of the APC to continue to support the party, stressing that it is the only platform that has good plans to change the fortunes of Benue State and Nigeria as a whole.
The Governor stated that he had faced pressure from stakeholders of the party in zone C, who recommended a replacement for the vacant position in order to keep the party moving. He said to reduce the pressure on him, and also stop the party from further troubles, he had no choice than to direct the State Welfare Secretary of the party, Hon Benjamin Omakolo to step in as Acting Chairman of the party in the state, pending the court case instituted against Hon Agada.
While thanking the stakeholders of the party from Zone C for recommending a capable replacement for the vacant position, the Governor admonished party faithful in the state to support Hon Benjamin Omakolo, as he assumes duty as chairman to pilot over affairs of the party in the state.
Responding, the State Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Hon Benjamin Omakolo, said he was overwhelmed with the trust the party faithful reposed in him, promising to unite the party and place it in a position to win more elections in the future.