A former governor of Benue State and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in
the state, Sen. George Akume, has hailed Igede nation over the recent selection of its first class chief.
Deputy Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Nick Eworo made the revelation in a brief chat with journalists in Makurdi at Easter.
The state lawmaker representing Obi state constituency said Sen. Akume particularly gave him a pat on the back for the cardinal role he (Eworo) played in the selection of the first class chief and in bringing to fruition the Igede nation’s long quest for the traditional stool.
The Igede speaking people of Benue State, Nigeria had long been in throes of agitation for a creation of paramount rulership stool in order for them to gain recognition for who they really are – a separate socio-cultural entity from the extant Idoma traditional council in which they have remained bundled together, against their will.
During the process of the amendment of the state chieftaincy law in the House last year, the Igede people came close to getting the paramount ruler stool as the case is for both Tiv and Idoma the two dominant tribes, but certain political considerations by Tiv lawmakers who constitute the majority dashed the hope of the Igede nation for the paramount ruler stool.
However, when the chieftaincy law was fully amended, Igede got Intermediate Area Traditional Council among four others all in the Idoma Area Traditional Council, chaired by Och’Idoma.
The head of the intermediate area council is first class chief, which election took place recently in which Chief Oga Ero, a retired commissioner of police, scored 14 votes against a don, Prof. Johnson Onah’s 11, to emerge winner of the election.