The national youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the north central zone of Nigeria, Comrade Terver Aginde, has predicted that the candidate of the party, Emmanuel Jime, would defeat the incumbent governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, during the governorship election on March 2.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, he said APC would win Benue with the first ballot while placing the incumbent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a distance third.
Aginde said Benue belongs to APC, adding that he was sure that the party would win the election with landslide victory.
Asked whether his party would actually wins the state based on several surveys which showed that the PDP is having a strong hold in the state, Aginde said the surveys were not done in the rural areas. He said: “I doubt if the surveys were done in the rural areas.
If you go to the rural areas in Benue state, you will discover that the people have discovered the lies and deceit of the PDP government of Governor Samuel Ortom. “And again, the issue of the herdsmen killings have totally exposed the PDP. How can a government that cannot pay salaries, pension and develop infrastructure be rated above an APC federal government that has given our youths employment through N-power programme, school feeding and has awarded contracts for roads in the state? Speaking on the insecurity in the state, he noted that the APC government has been on top of the security situation in Benue, alleging that Ortom only over flogged the security issue.
He said: “You do not handle security situation on the pages of newspapers. He ended up disconnecting the state from the federal government and that results to him giving himself a red card which saw him leaving the party that brought him to power unceremoniously.” On the people’s expectations if the party wins the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Aginde said: ”We have our manifestoes and our incoming governor, Rt Hon. Barr. Emmanuel Jime has given areas which he’s going to focus more on. His administration will anchor on security, agriculture, better health care services, free and qualitative education, improved infrastructure development and job creation.”
The youth leader said: “APC will come first, Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) will come second and PDP last in the coming election. “My advice to them is that, they should not allow themselves to be deceived; north central would not play opposition regional politics. I appeal to them to come out and vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and all APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections.”