The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Benue State has disclosed that twelve aspirants featured for the governorship re-run held in 137 council wards of the 11 Local Government Areas of the state.
The APC Benue State Organising Secretary, James Orenuga disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi shortly after receiving the Chairman and members of the rerun primary elections Committee at the APC secretariat on Thursday.
He explained that initially, 13 aspirants contested during the primary election proper, adding that one of the aspirants has defected to the Labour Party.
The State Chairman of APC in Benue, Austin Agada, who corroborated the report of the Organising Secretary explained that some of the aspirants have declared their intentions to withdraw from the contest and support Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia.
He however pointed out that even though the national secretariat of the party had accepted their decision, it requested the affected aspirants to declare their intentions to withdraw from the race in writing.
Earlier, Senator Basheer Lado, Chairman of the Five-man, Committee saddled with the responsibility of conducting the re-run primaries in the state said elections would be conducted in 137 wards of the 11 LGAs of the state.
Lado who was represented by a member of the Committee, Baba Liman noted that the elections would be by direct primaries.
The Committee Chairman prayed God to help the party in the conduct of the election as He has always done, so that they would complete their task in the shortest possible time.
He expressed hope that the Committee would announce the results of the election by midnight on Thursday.
Austin Agada, the State APC Chairman appreciated members of the party for keeping faith with the APC.
He assured APC members in the affected LGAs that he was in touch with all the stakeholders for the election, adding that adequate security has been provided by the relevant security agencies and the electoral body.
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