The All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates in Benue State have confidently described the suit instituted against them by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as an exercise in futility that is meant to distract the APC from its ongoing pact-building with voters in the state.
According to a press release signed by the APC Candidate for Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency and spokesman, Benue APC National Assembly Candidates, Hon. Chief Philip Agbese, said that the PDP’s lawsuit bellyaching over the successful direct primaries that produced APC candidates is a frivolity that is designed to waste the time of the court while creating the wrong impression about the landslide victory that the APC is poised to record in the coming General Elections.
The statement read, “We are putting PDP on notice that our lawyers will meet them in court to educate them and reverse their poor understanding of the electoral process and legislation. The PDP missed it with its obsession that the APC in Benue state held direct primaries instead of indirect primaries and did not supposedly meet the stipulation of the law.
“For the records, our party’s primary election met all the requirements of the law. The only problem the PDP has is the intimidating calibre of candidates that the exercise produced, especially our Gubernatorial Candidate, Rev. Fr. Hycinth Alia who is a replica of the Buhari phenomenon in Kano, Katsina and Bauchi. The emergence of Rev. Fr Alia has finally put a stop to the PDP’s lie of “herdsmen and defence of the valley”. Who can defend the valley better than a Catholic priest who spent his entire life mobilizing resources for the poor?
“The PDP feels the only way it can escape its guaranteed defeat in the General Elections is to embark on the judicial abracadabra that it is known for, which includes engaging unholy persons within the temple of justice to torpedo our long-awaited victory.
“Why would any right-thinking person who has been governor for eight years or another who has been a minister for four years and a senator for years be afraid of the APC if not for their record of dismal performance? Why should a former governor and senator develop a phobia of a former house of representatives member?
“It is our sincere view that the PDP is jittery because it has failed the Benue people and the electorates have made up their minds to send them packing come 2023. Time shall indeed tell. We are waiting, the statement concluded.