The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has vowed that after the inauguration of the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, on Friday, it would commence activities that would put the final nail to the existence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The state chairman of the party, Sir John Ngbede, made the declaration while playing host to Terkaa Ucha at the party secretariat in Makurdi on Monday to declare his intention to contest for the gubernatorial election of the party.
Ucha, a member of the Benue State House of Assembly (BNHA), was at the party secretariat to seek the blessings of the PDP to contest for the governorship position of the party come 2023.
In his remarks on the occasion, the lawmaker who appreciated the PDP for the support he has enjoyed from the party before now, said that it was the reason why “I have come to seek your blessings, consent and advise, as I seek to govern Benue state in 2023.
“I have been under the tutelage of the party for some time; you have nurtured me to grow and so I have come to request your blessings to serve in the capacity of Governor of Benue state.”
The legislator further stated that he has identified issues that he plans to tackle, if given the mantle of leadership, among them, issues of water, ecology, security and agriculture.
According to him, these were among issues that were staring the state in the face which need to be addressed, and if given the mandate he would tackle them headlong.
While he commended Governor Samuel Ortom for the efforts he has made to address the numerous challenges faced by the state, the lawmaker said he planned to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state that would in turn boost the economy of the state.
Ucha stated that he would explore virgin areas in the state as well as bring experts to augment ways that would lift the revenue base of the state, using River Benue as a source of generating revenue, adding that his administration would institute youth empowerment programmes in the area of agriculture, which would to a large extent take youths off the streets and improve the security situation of the state.
Responding, the state PDP chairman, Sir John Ngbede said the activities in the party in the state shortly after the inauguration of Senator Iyorchia Ayu on Friday would finally lay the APC in the state ‘to rest.’