By James Ibechi
In a remark which could be interpreted to be an endorsesement Of Daniel Onjeh, Idoma paramount ruler, Chief Elias Ikoyi Obekpa, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Benue South Senatorial rerun as a beacon of hope for the youth in the country.
The Idoma monarch showered the encomium on Onjeh when the latter paid him a homage during his visit to the Palace of the traditional ruler amidst jubilation in Otukpo town, at the weekend.
As Onjeh made triumphant-like entry into the Otukpo town of Otukpo Local Government of Benue State, to begin political campaign, commercial centres including markets and shops, as well as churches were halted as scores thronged the area in solidarity with Onjeh in his determination to unseat senator David Mark.
Mark had been in the senate since 1999 before Onjeh vied for the seat in the last April National Assembly elections.
He challenged the victory of Mark at the Court of Appeal where the appellate court ordered for a fresh election to be conducted by INEC, within 90 days.
In the Benue south senatorial district yesterday, Onjeh stormed Otukpo, the headquarters of the Idoma nation and he was received by a mammoth crowd of top politicians and APC ardent supporters.
The procession which began at the Otukpo burnt bricks toll gate involved political stakeholders, women and youths who marched round the busy Otukpo town in jubilation over the defeat of Mark by Onjeh.
The people abandoned their commercial activities to join the procession march which, according to them, was to mark the liberation of the Idoma people.