Catholic priest seeks support as he joins governorship race in Benue
Ejes Gist Newspaper recalls that In 1992, Benue had a civilian governor and Catholic priest, late Rev. Fr. Moses Adasu.
The Catholic priest made the appeal on Saturday night during an interactive session with members of the Benue community in Abuja. The session was organised by a group called the Alia Alliance, which is coordinating efforts to promote the priest’s gubernatorial ambition.
Alia stated during the launch of his Seven Point Agenda for the Development of Benue that his objective was to ensure that the state’s government continues to prioritise the needs of inhabitants and people.
If given the opportunity to rule the state, the renowned priest of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko stated that he would ensure that government serviced the people.
The contender outlined a seven-point agenda that included improving education and healthcare, as well as combating corruption and other wrongdoing.
“Social justice will be strictly adhered to within the framework of ‘One Benue, One Brotherhood,'” he stated, adding that he would also put an end to land grabs in the state.
The candidate claimed to create jobs and assure enormous industrial development by offering tax incentives and exemptions to local businesses.
“We will restore our values, pride, and dignity,” Alia stated.
According to him, Benue has been harmed by decades of poor governance, stunting its growth and development.
Alia stated that years of maladministration had resulted in the underdevelopment, insecurity, and general suffering endured by the people of Benue.
He urged all Benue residents to unite and work with him to transform the state’s “ugly political narrative.”
“Benue is sufficiently broken, and the time has come to repair it. I entered partisan politics in order to prevent the state from collapsing.
Earlier, Mr Peter Ashiekaa, Chairman of the Alia Alliance, appealed to Benue indigenes in Abuja to rally behind what he dubbed the ‘Divine Project’.
He pleaded for assistance in realising Alia’s dreams, whom he described as the only hope for the Benue people’s independence.
Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia joins governorship race
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