Benue South unfolds agenda for senatorial candidates in rerun
IN what seems to be their expectations from the senatorial candidates in the Court of Appeal-ordered rerun, the people of Benue South Senatorial district of Benue State otherwise called the Idoma nation yesterday cautioned against a situation where outsiders would decide the destiny of Idoma people.
A section of the people therefore expressed their desire to vote for Senate’s immediate past president, Senator David Mark again.
The News Agency of Nigeria observed that thousands of citizens from that zone came out in large numbers to welcome Senator Mark, who was coming home for the first time after the Election Appeal Tribunal nullified his election and ordered for a rerun.
Like a triumphal entry into the ancient town of Otukpo, Senator Mark navigated through the huge crowd into the Och Idoma palace to brief him on the development.
Senator Mark told his monarch that the Appeal Tribunal has cancelled his election and ordered a rerun, a development he has no choice but to accept in good faith.
He however, cautioned against a situation where outsiders decide the destiny of Idoma people saying “We must decide for ourselves what we want not what outsiders want us to be. That we must resist.”
Responding, the Och Idoma Dr. Ikoyi Elias Obekpa assured that no amount of litigation or conspiracy could overturn the resolve of the people.
He stated that Senator Mark has done the Idoma nation proud and I believe he would do more.
The monarch called for calm and peaceful co-existence saying that when the time comes the Idoma people know who they would vote for and who would adequately represents them.
He said the people could not afford to toy with their future and destiny, saying we know our best hand. We know what we want. Only the Idoma people would decide not external influence or interference.
The state chairman of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Dr. Emmanuel Agbo and former minister of Interior Abba Moro urged the Idoma people not to cave in to external influences against the interest of Idoma nation.