By James Ibechi
Sorry to say this, and no grudge against any man meant here. No wisecrack either. But to say the truth, in David Mark-controlled Benue South Senatorial District, Igede truly died in all ramifications of the word. Our elders who aided the killing of Igedeland using the PDP, we’re just told, will this weekend change the party. They’re defecting from the PDP to APC in the wake of the broom revolution in the state and in the country in general. Good development. Isn’t it? It is.
Most of the decampee-elders were the reasons the infamous ‘Otukpo Mafia’ became strong and stradled Idomaland like emperors because these elders caressed and nearly idolised and worshipped Mark, especially during the era of the politics of the stomach, first epitomised by the late strongman of Ibadan politics, Adedibu.
No time had Igedeland faced relegation to the backwaters of the state and national politics than when these decampee-elders, under the tutelage of Mark, acted like demi-gods in Igedeland.