Benue: APC stalwart charges collation agents on election


By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

BUSINESS mogul and stalwart of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Moses Ayom, has charge collation agents of the APC in Benue State to make the desired sacrifice during Saturday’s presidential and next month’s governorship elections and reap the dividends after the elections.

He gave the charge while declaring open a one day training organised by the State Chapter of the party for ward, local lovernment, constituency and state collation agents in Makurdi on Monday, preparatory to the presidential election this Saturday.

Ayom, who was a presidential aspirant in last year’s APC primary described the collation agents as the most important component of the election, even as he doled out N1million to support the agents on some basic logistics.

His words, “You are the most important component in this election and this (training) is the most important segment of making Bola Tinubu, President of Nigeria and Hyacinth Alia, Governor of Benue State.

“As you go out for the elections be prepared to make some sacrifices; make yourselves stakeholders where you can make demands at the end of the election and even demand for political positions when government is formed after the election.

“We know that we are having some difficulties; there is no money and no fuel, therefore it will make things more difficult, but with your dedication and hard work, we will make it.”

In her remarks at the occasion, Chief Mrs, Dorothy Aga, a member of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the APC who spoke in the same vein, urged the collation agents to work tirelessly and ensure that APC emerges winner of the presidential, governorship and other elections.

She observed that in view of the hard times, those that are mobile should assist those who are not mobile to get to their polling stations on the day of elections.

She emphasized that “The training is very important, but above all we have to make sacrifices, but let it be known to us that there is light at the end of the tunnel

“Don’t sell your votes, don’t be tired. Our women are committed and we are ready. Even the okada riders will take us to the interior parts for the elections.”

Dr Godwin Kwanga, the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Abuja and Plateau state gave the collation agents tips on the processes of distribution materials and what to expect on the days preceding the election and on election day proper.

Kwanga who is now the Director, Election Management for the Alia Campaign Organisation also guided the agents on what to do and what not to do on election day.

He further advised the agents to go back to their various localities and stepdown the training to the polling unit agents and ensure they are versed in the processes of the election.