By Morgan Adikwu
* Proposes Endowment Fund to cater for Onov’s children
As the tussle for 2019 approaches, so many eavesdroppings, particularly imagined fabrications, have filled the Benue political firmament.
Amidst these permutations, the National Commandant of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Amb. Dickson Akoh, has disabused the minds of the general public, over the rumoured 2019 Senatorial ambition.
Speaking to journalists, during his condolence visit to the Benue APC Secretariat over the demise of Mr, Tyuulugh Onov, the party state Secretary, Akoh said he has no intention to contest in the 2019 elections, rather the final harmonisation and assent to the Peace Corps Bill is his priority and desire, because that will be more beneficial, not just to Benue South or Benue, but to the entire Nigerian youths.
According to Amb. Akoh, he believes in fair play and power sharing in politics, and that Old Otukpo has taken more than enough shares of the political cornucopia in Benue South.
He further stated that, since the re-emergence of democratic governance in 1999, it is Old Otukpo that has been dominating the senatorial seat to the disadvantage of other local government areas in the zone.
As such, he said he will support any candidate for Senate that will emerge outside the old Otukpo comes 2019.
Answering questions on the N40,000 collected from jobless youths, the Peace Ambassador said, “The Nigeria police force is only trying to make news and maliciously discredit the good efforts, that is going to yield positive impact for Nigerians. It has been on record that the Nigerian police force has been in the habit of pulling down every paramilitary security outfit; the force (Police) did that to the Nigerian Customs, the Federal Road Safety Service and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps. So we the Peace Corps of Nigeria cannot claim to be different. We have already cleared the air on the collection of N40 000, as the money is meant for uniforms and kits. Ours is not government organization, but a voluntary one. Even at that, what we paid for uniform, which is of more quality, is far less than what the Nigeria government budgets for Nigeria Youth Service Corps (NYSC) uniform, That is about N70,000.”
On the demise of Onov, Akoh noted that, the death of Onov is a huge loss, recounting his leadership qualities and uncommon commitment to the success and progress of the APC.
Akoh used the opportunity to commiserate with the Party (APC) leaders, the Executive Governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom and particularly the APC family, and pray for his repose and ask that Almighty should give the family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. Akoh further stressed, ” it should be our concern and responsibility to take care of the family, particularly at this time that they are passing through pains. Akoh then, propose the setting up of an endowment fund to take care of Late Onov’s Children, especially those in school.