• The APC in Benue state has suffered a serious political setback when thousands of its members switched to the PDP
  • The defection is particularly significant since the defectors belong to the same local government as Senator George Akume.
  • Akume is a former governor of the state and currently serves as the minister for special duties and intergovernmental affairs.

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tarka- Thousands of relatives of a former Benue state governor, Senator George Akume, defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday 16 January.

Akume is currently President Muhammadu Buhari’s minister for special duties and intergovernmental affairs.

The PDP in Benue state received a huge boost with the defection of thousands of APC members. Photo credit: Benue PDP
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In their hometown of Wannune in the Tarka local government area, the PDP welcomed thousands of decampees, according to a statement sent to legit.ng By Bemgba Iortyom, Benue PDP publicity secretary and spokesperson for the 2023 campaign.

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The leader of the defectors, Hon. Dennis Tser, also known as Baba Denny, speaking on behalf of the others, expressed his weariness with

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“being on an unrewarding side of the political divide where only the leader, Akume, and his inner family circle benefit and are fed while everyone else continues to suffer.”

He pointed to recent events in which Akume nominated his wife Regina Akume as the APC House of Representatives candidate for the Gboko/Tarka federal constituency after the majority of APC faithful in the area favored the ticket to a distant relative. younger than the minister.

He also pointed to Akume’s naming himself and his wife Regina among Tarka’s 3 national delegates to the APC Presidential Convention in Abuja late last year as evidence of impunity and callousness.

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According to him, such actions over time characterized the leadership style of the former governor.

Another defector who spoke at the event said that APC in Benue should be better described as “Akume’s Personal Company”.

The campers openly burned their APC membership cards, as well as hundreds of brooms symbolizing the party, as they were welcomed into the PDP and promised equal opportunities with former members.

Highlights of the event included the presentation of Eng. Titus Tyoapine Uba to the people as the PDP gubernatorial candidate for 2023, who vowed to consolidate and build on the legacy of the Ortom administration when he came to power.

INEC finally publishes list of 93.4 million registered voters

Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently revealed that there are 93.4 million registered voters in Nigeria.

This was announced by Mahmood Yakubu, president of INEC, on Wednesday, January 11, in a meeting with the political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

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At the meeting, Yakubu submitted the voter registration to political parties in accordance with the electoral act.

INEC Sends Important Message to Nigerian Voters Ahead of 2023 General Election

In a related development, Nigerians have been assured that the 2023 general election will go ahead as scheduled no matter the threat level.

This was announced by the INEC commissioner and president of the Voter Information and Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

Okoye made this known as the electoral referee continues to face attacks on his facilities in different parts of the country.

Source: Legit.ng