John Shiaondo, Makurdi
There is looming crisis in the Benue State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) following the suspension of twelve of the party’s prominent members over claims of their involvement in anti party activities.
THE UNION gathered that the suspension of the members came as a result of their failure to heed to advice of leadership of the APC to withdraw cases they filed before the various courts against the party and its candidates.
It could be noted that some of the members suspended including Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Sen. Joseph Waku, Mrs. Dorothy Mato among others had taken the party and some of their candidates to court over allegations of irregularities in the party’s primaries. It was learnt that several attempts made by the state officials and leaders of the party for the said aggrieved members to withdraw their cases to pave way for a peaceful resolution felled on deaf ears.
Those that have cases against the party are Emmanuel Jime who is challenging the emergence of Governor Samuel Ortom as the APC governorship flag bearers in Benue state; Dorothy Mato is challenging the emergence of RT. Hon. Herman Hembe’s emergence as flag bearer for Jechira federal constituency with Frank Utoo faulting the emergence of Tarkighir Dickson for Makurdi/Guma federal constituency as well as Avine Agbum of Makurdi North constituency among others.
The state chairman of APC Abba Yaro listed the suspended members to include representative Emmanuel Jime, senator JKN Waku, Mrs. Dorothy Mato, Sunny Odugbo, Justice ABP Utsaha, John Usaka, E. Onaji, Mathew Nezan, Frank Utoo, Linda ogbeche, Avine Agbum and Ojogbani Adai.