Rev. Fr Hyacinth Alia has been suspended by the Diocese of Gboko in Benue state, for purchasing of the APC’s nomination form that he inteded to use and contest for the seat of the Governor in the coming 2023 general elections.
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Punch News reported that Rev. Fr Hyacinth picked up the expression and nominations for governorship election of the ruling party, All progressive congress, which costs ₦50m. His suspension came from the Gboko Diocese after he was screen and cleared by the ruling party to participate alongside 11 successful aspirants in the party’s primary.
He was notified in a suspension letter signed by the Catholic Diocese of Gboko, William Avenya, which the Reverend Father received on Friday, May 20, 2022. In the letter, Bishop William Avenya maintained that “the Mother Church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own”.
The letter partly read, “I write to communicate to you the suspension of my priest, Revd. Fr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from public ministry after series of admonitions to him.
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“The Mother Church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own.
“You are aware that my son, your brother and your priest has purchased the party forms to contest for the Office of the Governor of Benue State under the All Progressives’ Congress which is totally against our vocation.
“Therefore, to respond to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Church in the Catholic Diocese of Gboko, I have suspended him from the exercise of sacred ministry.
“This canonical suspension takes effect from the moment it is communicated to him and lasts until he ceases from contumacy.”