Ahead of the 2023 governorship election in Benue State, Labour Party candidate Hon. Herman Iorwase Hembe has challenged his All Progressives Congress, APC counterpart, Hyacinth Iormem Alia, to name any of his accomplishments during his 32-year priesthood.
Hembe, a three-term member of the House of Representatives representing the Jerchira Federal Constituency, made the claim in a statement released on Sunday by his media aide, Kulekule Igbawua Thaddeus.
Hembe denied rumours that the suspended Catholic priest built churches before running for governor. He challenged supporters to name a single project carried out by the APC flag bearer.
According to the statement, Hembe, who is not a priest, “built a church where people would sit and worship God, while Alia who has spent 32 years in priesthood never completed any church project.”
“If you have any picture indicating that Alia built a church and completed it, bring it here or keep quiet.”
The Labour Party candidate alleged that Alia, despite money generated from healing masses, was unable to build a church for his people.
“It is on record that Alia until his suspension, ranked as the priest with the highest number of healing mass patronisers, yet he was not ranked as a performing priest despite the huge sum of money he generated from those healing masses”, the statement added.