Akume predicts APC takeover in Benue in 2023 elections

Akume predicts APC takeover in Benue in 2023 elections

Sen. George Akume, the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs has stated it is almost certain that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will take over the Benue Government House in 2023.

Akume said this when he spoke at the end of the APC state congress in Makurdi on Sunday, October 17.

According to Akume, the successful conduct of the congress was an indication that the party was set to legitimately take over power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.

1st News reports Mr Austin Agada was elected as the state APC chairman at the congress.

Mr Abubakar Mohammed, Chairman of the Electoral Committee who declared the result on Sunday in Makurdi, said that Agada polled 1,385 votes to beat his opponent, Mr Omale Omale, who boycotted the election.

Mohammed explained that 1,500 delegates voted at the election, adding that other newly elected officials emerged unopposed.

He commended the leaders of the party in the state for the maturity they exhibited during the congress.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) has warned Boko Haram insurgents are likely to kidnap foreign nationals, warning its citizens against travelling to twelve states in Nigeria.

This warning was contained in a travel advisory issued on Friday, October 15, by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

The UK government said there is a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria; for ideological, financial or political gain.

“The groups have previously shown intent and capability to conduct kidnaps in Nigeria. Foreign nationals, including humanitarian workers, are likely targets for kidnap. Humanitarian hubs and humanitarian workers have been targeted during attacks in the North East, including Monguno, Borno State on 13 June 2020,” the advisory reads.

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“There’s a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Kidnaps can be motivated by criminality or terrorism; and could be carried out for ideological, financial or political gain. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the risk of kidnap increases after dark.

“The security environment in the North East has deteriorated since 2018; and there is a heightened risk of kidnap. Kidnaps in the North East have included humanitarian and private-sector workers. There are also reports that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) are continuing to actively plan to kidnap foreigners.

“As well as in North-East Nigeria, extremist groups operate in some northern and middle belt states; including Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Niger and Adamawa states. If you’re working or travelling in these States; then you should be aware of the risk of terrorist kidnapping.”

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