2023: Abounu not joining APC, says DG Campaigns

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Director-General of Engineer Benson Abounu Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation, Rt Hon (Barr) Dave Iorhemba, has condemned reports that the Benue state deputy governor was planning to join the All Progressive Congress in order to secure the governorship ticket to succeed the incumbent, Chief Samuel Ortom in 2023.

Recall that the fourteen Tiv speaking local governments had presented the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Titus Uba, as their Consensus governorship candidate while the entire Benue South made up of nine local governments had unanimously adopted Engineer Benson Abounu as their Consensus governorship candidate.

Apart from the nine local governments in Benue South, the Christian Association of Nigeria, Benue Youth associations and some other pressure groups in Benue state
have also presented the deputy governor as their choice to fly the flag of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2023 general elections.

Reacting to the report of Abounu’s possible defection to APC in a press statement, Barrister Dave Iorhemba said it was a strategy mapped out to blackmail the Benue deputy governor.

The statement reads:

The attention of the Abounu Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation has been drawn to an online and facebook publications by one George Anyebe and Yoosu Skyt Soonen insinuating that our Principal HE Engr Benson Abounu is on his way to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

To say the least, this is a fabrication meant to cause mischief and blackmail. Indeed, HE Engr Benson Abounu visited Young Alhaji today to sympathise with him over the severe stroke he suffered of recent which almost paralysed him.

Young Alhaji is the next door neighbour of Chief Godwin Obla, SAN who buried his wife (Mrs Judith Ogwa Obla) today and whose burial HE Abounu attended.

The Deputy Governor seized the opportunity of being in the proximity of Young Alhaji to pay him the sympathy visit. This is all that happened and as human beings, is there anything wrong in paying a sympathy visit?

Politics should be devoid of this type of cheap mischief and blackmail. HE Engr Benson Abounu is a hard core and committed PDP member and a frontline Governorship aspirant on the platform of the party who can never defect to any other political party no matter the situation. We therefore urge all and sundry to ignore the respective posts.