Catholic priest Hyacinth Alia declares governorship ambition in Benue

Catholic priest Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has joined the 2023 governorship race in Benue State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

He made his intention known on Saturday night during an interactive session with the Benue community in Abuja. The session was organised by the Alia Alliance.

Alia, a priest in the Diocese of Gboko, said his seven-point agenda will ensure that government continues to priorotise the needs of residents and people of the state.

“Social justice will be strictly adhered to the context of ‘One Benue, One Brotherhood’,” he said, adding that he would also stop land grabbers in the state.

The aspirant pledged to create jobs and ensure massive industrial development through tax breaks and holiday to local businesses.

“We will provide a leadership that will restore our values, pride and dignity,” Alia said.

This is not the first time a Catholic priest will be moving to govern Benue. Late Rev. Fr. Moses Adasu was elected governor of the state in 1992 on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform. He left office after the military coup in November 1993 in which General Sani Abacha came to power.