The Benue State governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Hon. Herma Hembe on Saturday denied that he participated in the All Progressive Congress primaries held on May 29 and June 9th, 2022.
He described as mischief, the continuous fielding of his name as a participant in the APC in the governorship primaries held on May 29th and June 9th in the state, noting that he had prior to the APC governorship primaries, left the party and joined the Labour Party.
In a statement personally signed by the House of Representatives member and made available to journalists in Makurdi on Saturday, the guber candidate noted that at the time the APC was having its rerun for governorship primary in the state, he had emerged the Labour Party governorship candidate at its primary.
According to the statement, “I gave notice to the Party, through my counsel, of my withdrawal from the gubernatorial primary of the APC.
“The notice was served on the Party on the morning of 26th May 2022, several hours before the party purportedly changed the mode of election from indirect to direct primaries.
” I followed up my notice of withdrawal from the race with notice of resignation of APC membership which was served on the APC Chairman of Mbake Ward, Konshisha Local Government.
“Following my withdrawal of both candidacy and membership of APC, I joined Labour Party to continue the search for a platform to offer myself as a viable alternative to the Benue people.
“This quest was rewarded with resounding victory when I emerged victorious as the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party at a free and fair primary conducted by the party in Makurdi on 9th June 2022,” the statement read.
Naija News reports that the Labour Party’s Guber candidate name also appeared on the ballot of the APC governorship re-run primary held on 9th June 2022 in Benue state.