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Published On: Wed, Apr 18th, 2018

Ahead 2019 election: Plot thickens to replace Benue Dep.Gov.

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Dissatisfied with the way and manner the Benue State Deputy Governor Engr. Benson Abounu is handling affairs of the All Progressives Congress, APC, plot has thickened to replace him.
PeoplesDaily learnt from a source who pleaded anonymity that several meetings are been held in Idoma land to consider possible replacement for the Deputy Governor.
According to the source, stakeholders of the party are unhappy with the way Abounu has managed affairs of the party in Idoma land, maintaining that he lacks political clout to attract any development in the area.
“The APC in Idoma land is not pleased with Abounu’s style of leadership; and we are considering replacing him with another person as campaign for 2019 election commences. We want someone with political clout who can help the party win the zone in the 2019 general election.
“It is rather unfortunate Abounu does not have what it takes to win election in Idoma land. He hardly wins even in his own polling unit. It is so sad,” the source decried.
He mentioned possible persons to replace Abounu including Sam Ode, former Minister for State, Niger Delta and Dickson Akoh, Coordinator of Peace Corps.
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The confirmation was made after the Senate considered a report from the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, David Umaru (APC, Niger East).
President Muhammadu Buhari had in December 2017, written to the Senate to request the confirmation of the appointment.
The Senate also confirmed James Momoh as Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) after considering a report read by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South).
Mr. Buhari nominated Mr. Momoh for the position in April last year, but his approval was delayed.
The president earlier nominated a US-based Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Akintunde Akinwande, who rejected the appointment.
Mr. Akinwande failed to appear before the Senate and also before the State Security Services (SSS). He was eventually replaced.

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