Leaders and relevant stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the nine local government areas of Benue South on Friday converged on Otukpo, Benue state, as Nelson Alapa declared his intention to fly the party’s senatorial flag in the 2023 elections.
Alapa, who made history as the Minority Whip of the 6th House of Representatives while representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency, is currently a member of the National Working Committee of APC and had served the party in various capacities.
Addressing party leaders from the local government areas of Benue South in his country home, Otukpo, Chief Alapa said he was consulting with the party hierarchy for their blessings to clinch the party’s senatorial ticket and for eventual victory at the general elections, come 2023.
He said he stepped down from the governorship race to ease the chances of Benue South in projecting a consensus candidate for the office of governor in 2023.
Responding, the zonal chairman of APC in Benue South, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed, said Chief Alapa was the first aspirant known to the party leaders at the zonal level to have officially made his intention to contest the senatorial race.
On his part, a stalwart of the party, Eddy Anyebe, described Chief Alapa as “a product which can be sold anywhere because he is a people-oriented person.”
He urged the leadership of the APC at the zonal level to consider Chief Alapa because “he is sellable.”