*MASS DEFECTIONS TO HIT BENUE SOUTH PDP BEFORE RERUN
By Andyson Iji Egbodo
In a few days from today, Benue South political firmament may witness an unprecedented massive defection from the ailing Peoples Democratic Party to the governing All Progressives Congress in the nine component local government areas.
Leading the defectors would be the immediate former deputy governor of the state, Chief Steven Lawani, Dr Sam Ode, Hon Eru Odigiri, former vice chairman of Oju LGA and so many other big politicians and youth activists across the senatorial zone.
Jist merchants authoritatively have it that close to 100,000 PDP members across the nine local government areas are already at the departure lounge heading to the APC.
Investigation reveals that the looming mass defection is not unconnected to the abysmal performance of the sacked senator representing the district at the red chamber of the National Assembly, Mr David Mark.
Mr. David Mark, you would recall, served as senate president for eight years in the sixth and seventh assembly. He had earlier served in the various senate committees for eight years before ascending the presiding cubicle of the red chamber of the national assembly.
Evidently, he was able to influence the appointment of few of his foot soldiers into boards of federal parastatals. He was accused to have cornered all such plum appointments and contracts for only his family members, inlaws and people that are programmed to marry his female children. One of such is the award of Oju-Otukpo road rehabilitation contract. It is confirmed that one of DMark’s relatives is the contractor in charge of the failed road.
Investigations reveal that there is no single good federal road in Benue South. Records have it that even as senate president, he turned his back on the need to reconstruct the federal roads in the zone, not even the one leading to his house in Otukpo. His critics are also of firm belief that almost all of the employments into paramilitary organisations during his days were done around his relatives and that of the former minister of interior, Comr. Abba Moro.
In all, Idoma and Igede people believe that Mr. David Mark should allow a fresh blood to represent them in the senate.
In addition to his advanced age, it is widely believed that David Mark will not be of any profitable value for the Benue South senatorial district now that he is in the opposition.
The impending mass defection is one of the series of events that may eventually bring to a close the long stay of the retired army general in the senate of the Rederal Republic of Nigeria.