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Benue South 2023: Why we must reclaim our stolen mandate -Oleho

The Engr Austin Oleho Senatorial Campaign Organization has decried the selection of candidates by a few cabals against the supposed primaries of the All Progressives Congress APC where popular candidates would have emerged saying, this might jeopardize the chances of the party in the forthcoming general elections.

The organization which made this position known after and expanded meeting of its leadership on Saturday, maintained that the mandate of Engr Austin Oleho is being stolen as some people in high places, who are jittery of his emergence as Senator are bent on subverting the wishes of the people, following the events that characterized the just concluded Senatorial Primaries of the APC which was marred by a lot of visible irregularities.

The meeting which was attended by the Directors, Local Government Coordinators and some high-profile personalities who were and are in the forefront of the struggle reviewed the entire process particularly as it affects its Principal, Engr Austin Oleho who in the wake of this electoral process became the courted bride not only in the entire constituency but beyond the state, owing to his pedigree, capacity and experience. Thus, to establish what went wrong and at what point and to review the way forward.

The Principal, Engr Austin Oleho who is the aspirant in his remarks, concluded on conspiracy and gang up from some high and mighty. He noted that, it is therefore an established fact that leaders in certain quarters feared him becoming a leader with the senatorial position. He bemoaned the fact that there were moles within the circle pilfering strategic information to the outside camp.

Oleho noted that he was consoled as everyone else, that the election was not lost but the mandate stolen by the powers that be, hence the hijacking of electoral materials. Despite that, petitions were written, the Aspirants all sang in different voices thereby watering their case, meaning there was no cohesion among them. He assured therefore that the push is on. He reiterated that the Senate seat alone was not the push but the Vision and Mission of lifting people out of poverty and creating wealth for the people of Zone C was the key thing inherent in the struggle.

Finally, he assured the group that the energy spent so far shall not be a waste. That something must be gotten if not now, then in the near future that would ensure our togetherness. He noted that the structure shall be sustained, as the organization is being restructured to continue the fight to get the mandate back, this is being done through other lawful avenues to achieve the collective aspirations of the people.

The Organisation saluted the doggedness in him and assured him of their total support anytime and anywhere in whichever platform. Members further thanked him for the call to the review meeting as others Aspirants would have abandoned the group while calls wouldn’t be picked.

The Group in unison concluded that what happened was not an election which gives the hopes that Engr Oleho didn’t lose. On the whole, the Organisation pledged its unalloyed loyalty to Engr. Austin Oleho, not only on political issues, but in all spheres of human endeavors having known who he is.

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