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Thugs believed to have been sent by the Ushongo Local Government Chairman, Engr. Terver Orduen yesterday lynched the Benue State Water Resources Commissioner Mrs. Esther Dzungwe, in Lessel, the Ushongo Local Government headquarters.
This is as a result of leadership tussle between Orduen and Mrs. Dzungwe.  Both parties had scheduled parallel stakeholders meetings in lessel, yesterday.
Two meetings involving same stakeholders in Ushongo were separately convened by the commissioner who is considered the political leader in the local government prompting the council chair Engr. Orduen Terver to call for a parallel meeting, it was learnt.

The council chairman who is accused of disrupting the Monday meeting according to sources was irked that he as the chief security officer of the local government is in the rightful position to convene the meeting of such magnitude but not the commissioner.

Our source who pleaded anonymity said not long that the meeting settled for business of the day when stern looking young men stormed Royal Partners venue of the meeting with a clear cut message for the gathering to disperse.

Esther according to our source had called the stakeholders to inform them of the need to constitute zoning committees that would see to amicable sharing of political offices in the area in addition to brief them on her efforts to sink boreholes in each council ward of Ushongo Local Government Area as well as the restored two constituencies in the local government.

The commissioner latter briefed the gathering briskly. She explained the reason why she could not consent to the 18th September, 2014 meeting convened by the chairman and cited other engagements.
Engr. Orduen who is believed to be eying the Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituencies seat sources said is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure his grip on the party structure in the local government with view to extending his tentacles to Kwande to pay way for his ascension to the National Assembly.

It was further learnt that the Monday event may deepen crisis in the PDP in Ushongo as major stakeholders who were at the meeting considered what is now believed to be the chairman’s directive as a slap in their face and vowed to boycott the Thursday meeting.

However in a phone chat with atiterkula, Engr. Orduen, denied involvement in the said incident noting that, he was not in any power tussle with anyone and  his mission in Ushongo was to serve and not to become a leader.

the chairman also added that while the meeting held he was out of the town and could not have led thugs to disrupt the event. He further dissociated himself with any form of disagreement with the commissioner even as he asserted that he had no recruited thugs or business renting the services of any.


IDOMA YOUTH DEFENCE VANGUARD

SAVE OKPOKWU FROM ANARCHY:THE NEED TO CALL DR. AGBO EMMANUEL TO ORDER

PRESS RELEASE

Preamble

Since the inception of the present administration, Benue state has been acclaimed to be the most peaceful state in the nation, a feat that has been made possible owing to extra efforts of the present peace loving government of His Excellency, Rt. Hon Gabriel Suswam. This status has earned the state accolades and even drawn home investors. This we are ready to sacrifice now as the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Emmanuel Agbo and his sponsor have vowed to scuttle peace and return the violence once witnessed in the state. It is based on this ugly situation that we observe and state thus:

  1. The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, and the State PDP Chairman, Dr Agbo Emmanuel, are at each other’s throat over the leadership of Okpokwu Local Government and the Benue South Senatorial District.
  2. That behind Dr Agbo Emmanuel, is the Deputy Governor of Benue state, Chief Steven Lawani, who has interest in what happens in the zone after 2015 when he is no longer Deputy Governor has recruited the Dr. Agbo as hatchet man to frustrate all other players in the state and the zone.
  3. Dr Agbo Emmanuel became the State Chairman of the PDP because of the backing from Chief Lawani.
  4. With the desperation to take sole charge of the Idoma machinery Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, has engaged on numerous battles; fighting the minister for Interior, Comrade Abba Morro, on the one hand and disrupting administration of Okpokwu Local Government on the other hand, courtesy of his pay master.
  5. That Okpokwu Local Government is too big to become one man’s estate as Agbo and Lawani have turned her into a milking cow where financial demands are being laddened on the local government council as proof of loyalty.
  6. We also make bold to state that the present woes of Hon. Jullie Obetta are a machination of Dr. Agbo and his acolytes who will stop at nothing to dim Miss Obetta’s shinning future.
  7. It is also no little wonder that the character in question who could not afford a decent accommodation for himself can comfortably today pay millions to House of Assembly members to intimidate a local government chairman who is deeply rooted with the grass roots.
  8. That unless Agbo is leashed, there shall certainly be a replay of the historic 2003 Kwande saga which threatened the peace of the state as replicas of it spread to areas like Tarkaa.
  9. That one man or a group of peoples intention cannot surpass the general good of the people which this administration has tried hard enough to sustain.

It is on this note that we make bold to declare that Dr. Agbo Emmanuel is an enemy of the state and people of Idoma nation who should be put in check by the authorities.

We also wish to call on our peace loving governor, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam to wade into the Okpokwu issue with a view to save the region and local government from total civil breakdown.

Thank you all.

Long Live Idoma Youth Defence Vanguard

Long Live Idoma Land

Long Live Benue State

Hon. James Obekpa                                                          Comr. Francis Idu

President                                                                                      Secretary


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Barr. Paul Harris Ogbole

Frontline governorship aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Paul Harris Ogbole has affirmed that his desire to become the next governor of the state is not a “Do or Die affair”, but a longing drawn from the desire to serve.
According to Ogbole, who spoke exclusively to atiterkula, leadership should be borne out of the conviction to offer service to the people and not a means wealth acquisition. He further decried the situation where politics and contesting elections has become professions to many people, blaming the violence accompanying elections and politics on the desperation of such elements.
The former Commissioner of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), however hinted that if he is finally elected as governor he would make sure all sectors of the economy are given due attention with emphasis on agriculture, education and Revenue generation focal points of his administration, noting that these were areas that had pseudo functions of wealth and job creation, while acknowledging the over dependence of the state on the federation account.
The gubernatorial hopeful who recognized the present administration’s efforts at infrastructural development and promised to continue from where it will stop, further promised education subsidy schemes and also partnership with private educational institutions in order to provide cheap and quality education for the state.
Speaking on the issue of zoning, Barr. Ogbole said the concept which is an unwritten agreement is only a means to ensure fairness and equality amongst brothers. He explained further that the state was divided into three senatorial zones with two already tasting the governorship severally thus to ensure fairness, it would only be right to concede to the only zone which has not tasted the position, to ensure fairness and peaceful co-habitation.
Nevertheless, Ogbole, added that the longing for the governorship to be zoned to the Idoma speaking Zone C senatorial district was not just based on the theory of fairness but also should be seen from the angle of availability of competent hand from the zone who have proved their mettle and contributed in one way or the other to uplift the society.


Posters protesting Suswam’s 2015 senatorial bid have surfaced in Abuja.

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a copy of the poster

The campaign which is spearheaded by a group called Benue Integrity Group has began pasting banner sized posters with a call for support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election and the rejection of Suswam.


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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU Benue State University, BSU chapter has embarked on warning industrial action to press home the payment of their wages and earned allowances.

ASUU chairman of the university, Dr. David Ikonne however denied report of industrial action which went round Makurdi, the Benue State capital but said the action would be declared at the appropriate time.

A student of the university (name with held) said they have learnt of the news of the industrial action but there is yet to be circular to that effect. No lectures have been held so far.

The warning strike according to investigations ends on Friday consequent upon failure of the Benue State Government to comply with the demands of the teachers would pave way for full scale industrial action.

Meanwhile, students of the university have been thrown into panicking following that lecturers have shun classes over issues of their wages. 


-As MDAs warn of extra budgetary spending

The Benue State House of Assembly today, Tuesday, 2nd September, 2014 directed a staff of the office of Deputy Governor of Benue State to retire over 1.3 Million Naira  impress to Benue State Government coffers

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Steven Lawani

and report to the House within one month.

Benue State House of Assembly also frowned at the over 7.3 Billion Naira extra budgetary expenditure by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs of Benue State Government and warned that any further unauthorised expenditures would be sanctioned.

The decisions followed debate on the report of the audited accounts of Benue State Government 2008 and presented by the Public Account Committee, PAC chaired by Rt. James Ochojila.

The seventh Assembly for the umpteenth time warned MDAs of extra budgetary expenditures insisting that only monies captured in the budget should be expended.

Onah Iduh of the Deputy Governor’s office according to the report failed to appear before the committee and has been given one month to retire over 1.3 Million Naira and report back to the House. 


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The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) and 22 other pro-democracy groups in the country have endorsed the ambition of Alhjai Umaru Fintiri to contest the Adamawa State Goovernorship Bye-Election as a welcome development for the sustenancde of democracy in Nigeria.
Comrade Philip Agbese, Executive Secretary of the Centre who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen after a meeting of the 23 groups in Abuja told our correspondent that Alhjai Umaru Fintiri is a courageous leader whose ambition should be saluted and encouraged by every active player in the polity considering his fearless and transparent posture in the discharge of his duties as an elected representative of the poor masses.
According to him, this is one struggle that has united all democrats in the country and they have unanimously resolved to make a case to the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party as partners in progress to also unanimously endorse Fintiri’s ambition which is a response to popular clamour by men and women of goodwill to restore democracy back to the land.
Comrade Agbese noted that the various groups after an exhaustive deliberation on the state of the nation have resolved to support a popular candidate like Alhaji Umaru Fintir whose demonstration of genuineness of purpose, vision, charisma and usefulness has brought about peace in Adamawa State.
“ I stand to speak on behalf of the 23 pro-democracy based groups here today to tell you that as Nigerians and active particpart in the democratic processes of our dear nation, we have resolved to unanimously endorse the ambition of Alhaji Umaru Fintir for the Governorship Bye Election in ADAMAWA State after considering his enormous sacrifices, commitments and deication to the sustenance of our democracy.”
“The Acting Governor has demonstrated to possess the democratic instruments that are urgently needed for the rapid development of Adamawa State and we shall stand by him and the people of the state to get the PDP ticket in order to complement the efforts of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the grassroots”, he also added.


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John Tondo

The Benue State House of Assembly has declared the Ministry of Lands and Survey as problematic. Leading the pack was Hon Ngunan Adingir (representing Buruku state constituency), who yesterday took a swipe on the Benue State ministry of Lands and Survey stating that the ministry is actually causing a lot of problems.

She was reacting on a finding by the House Committee on Education on the question of encroachment on the land belonging to Benue State University, BSU Makurdi.

Benue Links, Dukuh Park, Mission House Int’l, NKST Iortyer, NKST Primary School Iortyer, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Immigration Service, Nigeria Air Force are found by the Olufu Oguche led Education Committee to have encroached on the BSU land.

But while the House Committee chair on Lands and Survey Dr Abraham Agba wondered which institution is actually encroaching, he noted that some of those alleged to have encroached have certificate of occupancies and titles that predates the state owned university.

But Adingi insisted, “you (referring to Agba) are the chairman of that committee (Lands and Survey), go and talk to them. I am the chairman in charge of Culture and Tourism Committee. The ministry had problems with the company that the Zoological garden was leased to when they were demanding for C of O.

“They were actually going to get the C of O because there were some magu magu that were going on. somehow the VC insisted that the land will not be taken away because it belongs to the university.”

Meanwhile, the Benue State House of Assembly has directed the Ministry of Lands and Survey to liaise with the university and investigate the controversy on the university land and to report back to the house within one month from 27the August, 2014.
It is worthy to note that the Ministry of Lands and its  commissioner Hon. John Tondo, have been emeshed in controversies and accusations involving land appropriations, many resulting to ethnic crisis, even a previous investigation by the state assembly and relieving the commissioner of his duty who was reappointed only after lobbying and political pressure.


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John Tondo

The Benue State House of Assembly has declared the Ministry of Lands and Survey as problematic. Leading the pack was Hon Ngunan Adingir (representing Buruku state constituency), who yesterday took a swipe on the Benue State ministry of Lands and Survey stating that the ministry is actually causing a lot of problems.

She was reacting on a finding by the House Committee on Education on the question of encroachment on the land belonging to Benue State University, BSU Makurdi.

Benue Links, Dukuh Park, Mission House Int’l, NKST Iortyer, NKST Primary School Iortyer, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Immigration Service, Nigeria Air Force are found by the Olufu Oguche led Education Committee to have encroached on the BSU land.

But while the House Committee chair on Lands and Survey Dr Abraham Agba wondered which institution is actually encroaching, he noted that some of those alleged to have encroached have certificate of occupancies and titles that predates the state owned university.

But Adingi insisted, “you (referring to Agba) are the chairman of that committee (Lands and Survey), go and talk to them. I am the chairman in charge of Culture and Tourism Committee. The ministry had problems with the company that the Zoological garden was leased to when they were demanding for C of O.

“They were actually going to get the C of O because there were some magu magu that were going on. somehow the VC insisted that the land will not be taken away because it belongs to the university.”

Meanwhile, the Benue State House of Assembly has directed the Ministry of Lands and Survey to liaise with the university and investigate the controversy on the university land and to report back to the house within one month from 27the August, 2014.
It is worthy to note that the Ministry of Lands and its  commissioner Hon. John Tondo, have been emeshed in controversies and accusations involving land appropriations, many resulting to ethnic crisis, even a previous investigation by the state assembly and relieving the commissioner of his duty who was reappointed only after lobbying and political pressure.