The youth group, Coalition of Progressive Benue Youths for Good Governance (CPBYGG), said everything was set for the planned one-million-man march in support of Austin Agada, the consensual candidate for president of the chapter of the State of Benue of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Prior to its October state conventions, APC stakeholders had zoned the presidential seat in Benue South, otherwise known as Zone C, and it was micro-zoned to the local government of Ogbadibo.
Therefore, Austin Agada, from Ogbadibo LGA, emerged as a candidate by consensus and was applauded by all stakeholders in the region.
However, some APC members in Ogbadibo had opposed zoning the presidential seat in Benue South, or even APC, on the grounds that it would affect the area’s chances of becoming state governor for the first time in 2023.
But the Coalition of Progressive Benue Youths for Good Governance believes it is “to give the dog a bad name just to hang it”.
The coalition recalls that in 215, comrade Abba Yaro, from
Otukpa in Ogbadibo was the president of the APC in Benue state and Lawani ran for governor on the same platform.
Solomon Chirvir, in a statement read after an emergency meeting in Makurdi yesterday, said the group had made plans to hold a
a million men march in support of Austin Agada to the APC headquarters in Makurdi and Abuja.
He said the move by some party stakeholders is a clear attempt to kick young people out of the pattern in the state.
“This coalition believes that the few votes against Austin Agada’s approval as a consensus candidate were born out of hatred
and jealousy for the young.