In response to recent political upheaval, zone chairmen within the All Progressives Congress (APC) have clarified that the dispute involving Governor Alia is unrelated to Comr. Austin Agada and Sen George Akume, the party’s state leader and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
During a forthright press conference held in Makurdi on Thursday, the chairmen, led by Bishop Pinot Ogbaji, Zone C chairman, emphatically asserted that Agada and Akume played no part in the altercation.
Ogbaji detailed that the discontent within the party stems from Governor Alia’s alleged disregard for the party since his inauguration and his failure to consult with them regarding the appointment of caretaker committee chairmen for local government councils in the state.
Expressing frustration, Ogbaji claimed that Alia has shown a preference for patronizing individuals outside the APC, likening the situation to “a helpless husband with a very beautiful wife that sleeps around with only his neighbors and enemies while he, the lawful husband, is deprived of his conjugal rights.”
He cautioned that the individuals Alia consults, dubbed “emergency APC stakeholders,” were the same ones who opposed his candidacy in the last election, subjecting him to litigation until it reached the Supreme Court.
This clarification by the zone chairmen aims to dissociate Agada and Akume from the internal party strife and highlights the alleged grievances against Governor Alia’s leadership approach.