State Creation and The 2015 Gridlock in Benue

Posted: June 19, 2013 in BENUE, political, Uncategorized
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ImageWith less than two years left for the present administration to finish its second and last term in office, there  is renewed agitation for the 2015 Benue Governorship seat  by the Idoma people of the Benue South Senatorial District.
The idoma ethnic group who are geographically located in the Benue south senatorial district (Zone C) have constantly cried foul in their inability to produce the number one citizen of the state since its
creation in 1976 blaming their fate primarily on what they claim to be marginalisation from their Tiv neighbours who occupy two of the three senatorial districts in the state and are also the most populous tribe in the state.
In as much as the people of zone c have constantly cried of marginalisation owing to the inadequacies in numbers the Idomas never stopped trying to lay their hands on the leadership of the state.
In 2006 the state recorded the highest number of aspirants from Zone C parading heavy weights like the state Deputy Governor, Chief Steve Lawani, Minister of Interior, Comr. Abba Morro, Dr. Jerry Agada and a host of many others who made it to the Peoples Democratic Party primaries but lost out to the present governor, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam whose victory was not without imput from the Zone C  aspirants who donated votes collectively to avoid a run off when the contest became tight.
With the reality that politics being a game of numbers,  the people of Zone C had reclined to their fate as second fiddle in the state but hope seemed to produce a flicker of light when political leader and
determinant of the Zone C, Sen. David Mark and was consequently elected Senate President. On assumption of office the senate had embarked on a process which seemingly served the idomas of Benue state roundly- constitution ammendment.
Part of the ammendments included state creation, an agenda close to Mark’s heart as he never hid his zeal to ensure additional states as it seemed the only way to the emancipation of his kinsmen through the creation of an additional state out of the present Benue state comprising majorly of Benue’s Zone C which would have been known as Apa state . Alas this  may never be as the National Assembly recently
disclosed that it may be shelving the state creation matter.Image
 Following  pronouncement that the National Assembly may not be creating  additional states, political activities geared towards galvanising the governorship of Benue state have begun in earnest.
Investigation reveal that people of the area have already sent a delegation to the Tiv paramount Ruler Chief Akawe Torkula, who incidentally is married  from the zone to appeal to their Tiv neighbours  to give them a chance to lead the state.
During the visit the Idoma people had called on the Tor Tiv to impress on his subjects on the need to support the Idomas for 2015. Only recently at this year’s Democracy Day Celebration, the zone C
people had used one of their sons, Chief Moses Ajuma, who is the PDP Vice Chairman in the area to renew their quest for the 2015 governorship position.
Chief Ajuma at the occasion told the gathering that in the interest of fair play the Idomas should be given the governorship slot in 2015.
According to him, since creation of Benue state in 1976, while their Tiv brothers have produced four governors, the Idoma have never produced even one.
Already posters of some the people in the area interested in the 2015 governorship race have flooded the streets of Makurdi the Benue state capital and other major towns in the state.
Although, the deputy governor, chief Steven Lawani had denied having intentions to contest the 2015 governorship race when his poster surfaced on the streets of Makurdi earlier this year and has not
openly declare his intention to contest, his posters were also seen, while youths wearing t-shirts in support of his 2015 bid for the governorship are not a suprise .
During the Democracy Day celebration, such agitators  were even seen carrying placards with the inscription “Lawani: Our leader, Our choice”; “Lawani: Tested and Trusted”; “In Lawani, we believe”.
Some said to be interested in the 2015 governorship race in the area include Mr Sam Ode former Minister of State on Niger Delta, Mrs Diana Ochoga, Comrade Aba Moro, Dr. Mathias Oyigeya among many others.

  1. zege Ahangba says:

    this would have been a welcomed development if and only there is the spirit of brotherhood among we the Benue people before now


  2. Dom msughter says:

    Gud, bt special attention be given to taraba to stop de more than a decade flight.


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