By Dooshima Jose
Governorship Candidate of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), in Benue State, Rev. Father, Hyacinth Alia has denied picking a running mate for the 2023 Governorship election.
Head of Media and Publicity, Alia 2023 Gubernatorial Campaign Organization, Kula Tersoo, who reacted to media reports on the issue said, “Rev. Fr. Alia is yet to pick and announce his deputy. Once he does that, he will communicate to the public.”
Tersoo added that Parties don’t pick a Deputy for the Candidate saying it is the Candidate that picks the Deputy.
The clarification is coming on the heels of widespread speculations that Dr. Sam Ode, a former Minister of State for Niger Delta had been picked as his running mate.
“The position of Deputy Governor has been zoned by the party to Benue South Senatorial District but high-wire political scheming among contestants and party stakeholders have not permitted an early selection. This necessitated the appointment of Isaac Gbihi Vembeh as a placeholder running mate”.
“That appointment, according to a statement issued by Daniel Ihomun, Publicity Secretary, APC, Benue State, was to “allow Alia continue his wider consultation with Leaders of the party, Stakeholders and groups, so as to carry everybody along in the selection process.
“The nominee is submitted to fulfil INEC requirements and beat the deadline for submission of Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates as required by the Electoral Act. Candidates and political parties, however, have up till August, 2022 to make substitutions and replacements where necessary,” he said.
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