The Benue Youths Forum, BYF have raised alarm over alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress,APC in the state to manipulate documents of its guber primaries in conjunction with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
President of the BYF,Terrence Kuanum in a statement issued in Makurdi said there is the urgent need and duty to bring to the knowledge of INEC and the good people of Benue State the desperation by the Benue APC to resort to underhand tactics to remedy the very obvious flaws in the APC’s primaries to nominate candidates for the 2023 general elections.
Recalled that Reverend Father Alia was elected during the primaries as the candidate of the APC in the state
He said, ” As you would recall, the Benue Youth Forum had thrown light on the fact that the Benue APC did not espouse fidelity to extant laws and regulations in its primaries in Benue State.
“The Forum produced certified true copies of INEC documents showing that the APC did not submit the register of its members in Vandeikya and Katsina Ala Local Governments to INEC in flagrant disregard of Section 77 of the Amended Electoral Act, 2022.
“The implication of this being that the suspended priest, Hycenth Alia, the purported winner of the Gubernatorial primaries has no legal footing to stand on as membership register is a sine qua non to eligibility to contest under a party’s platform” he said
Kuanum further called for the immediate resignation of the Administrative Secretary of INEC in Benue State for acts unbecoming of his otherwise high office.
He said, “In the last couple of weeks, the Benue State political landscape has been dominated by activities of the 18 political parties towards nominating candidates for the 2023 general election as required by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
“Benue Youth Forum, BYF, as the umbrella body of all youth groups in the state has keenly monitored activities of the registered political parties and observed among other things that while some of the political parties conducted free, transparent and credible primary elections, others refused to comply with the regulations provided for the conduct of such exercises”he said
He added that there is a growing shift among Benue politicians from the campaign of calumny to the campaign of issues. BYF notes this as a positive development for the political culture of the state.
“Women and Youth Participation: We have also observed the growing interest of young people and women in politics and governance of the state. The decision of Governor Samuel Ortom to allocate nine slots to women as Local Government Chairmen is truly a plausible action.
He said there is an additional number of young people who have won the tickets of their respective political parties to contest the 2023 elections. This is a healthy development that should be sustained.