Benue State governor-elect, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, has been receiving congratulatory messages from individuals and groups since the declaration of the result of last Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state.
The latest congratulatory message came from the President of a non-governmental organisation, Ior Gboko Foundation, Mr. Jimmy Ajim, to felicitate with Fr Alia on his election as the 6th Executive Governor of Benue State.
In the congratulatory message, made available to NATIONAL ACCORD this evening, Mr. Ajim, on behalf of the IGF, described Fr Alia’s overwhelming victory as “an indication that the Benue people have reposed confidence in you.”
“As an organization focused on progress and development, I wish to assure you of our resolve to collaborate with your incoming administration for the general well being of our people,” he said.
The organisation also expressed its belief and confidence that the governor-elect and his Deputy, Dr Sam Ode, would deliver on their promises, which they made to the people of the state during their campaigns.
A similar message was earlier sent by a renowned Benue elder and philanthropist, Professor Dickson Akoh, who noted that the emergence of Rev. Fr Alia as Governor-elect was a confirmation of the yearnings and aspirations of Benue people for positive change and development.
Prof Akoh also noted that the victory of Rev. Fr Alia was indeed “a victory for the birthing of a new Benue, where democratic dividends and tangible development are expected to prevail over mediocrity and underdevelopment.’
He expressed confidence in the ability of the Governor-elect to change the rhetoric in Benue state through human capital and infrastructure development in all nooks and crannies of the State.
He expressed the hope that Father Alia would quickly assemble a credible team of competent and technocrats that would assist him in the task of restoring hope in the already disillusioned people of Benue.
Fr Alia, who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the March 18 election, was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having polled a total of 473,933 beat his main challenger, Hon. Titus Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 223,913 votes.