From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Former Governorship candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Benue, Steven Ugbah, has explained that he is the race for the governorship seat again to reclaim his stolen mandate.
Recall that Ugbah contested the 2011 governorship election against the incumbent governor Gabriel Suswam, but lost just as the post election case dragged on for a long time up to the Supreme Court where it was finally dispensed off in favor of Suswam.
He maintained that he lost the case on technicalities, insisting that the Benue electorates voted massively for him in the last election.
“I am contesting again because I had a mandate that was stolen. I have an unfinished business to take care of. We want the electorates to decide who should govern them. If I am beaten fair and square, I will accept defeat in good fate”, he said.
Ugbah who regretted that the State has remained economically backward, said he has a singular focus to uplift the lives of the people, adding that the State boasts of human and natural resources that have not been properly harnessed.
“Benue has not excelled since 2011. Nothing has changed economically and otherwise, that is why I am offering myself again to serve. I have the will power to do well and uplift the live of the ordinary man”, Ugbah boasted.
On why he is contesting since the zoning does not favour him, he said that in Tiv land, positions are shared along Ichongo and Ipuusu, insisting that it is the turn of Ipuusu from where he hails.