Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia (Ph.D.) has defeated both Senator Barnabas Gemade and former AGF Aondaaka to become the All-Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial flag bearer in Benue State through a direct primary election held across the council wards in the state on Friday.
Stallion Times gathered that a huge number of APC card carrying members in the state voted for the Roman Catholic Priest.
The priest polled over 7,000 votes to clinch the party’s ticket.
In some of the LGAs, Gemade and Aondoakaa failed to get a single vote.
The priest said he joined the governorship race to rescue Benue people from the “shackles of maladministration”.
“From the day I took the decision to answer the overwhelming calls of my people to contest the governorship of Benue with the aim to rescue our people from the shackles of maladministration, I was fully aware of the sacrifice I was going to make,” he had said.
It is reported that the priest was suspended by the Catholic Church, for venturing into partisan politics.