By James Ibechi and Andyson Iji Egbodo
A delegation of top Ainu community leaders from Oju LGA Tuesday visited Deputy Majority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Nick Eworo, in Makurdi, drawing attention to the sterling leadership qualities of the state lawmaker.
The community leaders who extolled the virtues of Eworo, describing him as a pragmatic leader and eye of Igede nation, assured the lawmaker that Ainu community would support him in his next political aspiration.
Leader of the delegation, Mr. Udanyi Itodo, alongside Hon. Sam Omachi, said their visit was to identify with Eworo for his numerous achievements for Igede nation including the lawmaker’s chief contribution to the creation of Igede Intermediate Traditional Council and emergence of first class chief in the land.
The community leaders particularly noted with satisfaction Eworo’s efforts in the recruitments of many Igede sons and daughters into the Nigeria Police Force; how the lawmaker made possible NTA Makurdi news translation into Igede language as well as his contributions to the Anti-open Grazing Law of the Governor Samuel Ortom administration.
Also, the delegation commended Eworo for his strong support which saw to the emergence of their son, Austine Okwoche, as the elected chairman of Oju LGC, among other things it said Eworo did for the development of Igede as a nation.
The delegation comprised leaders of the two blocs of Ainu clan, Okeke and Oguda and four past and present leaders of Ainu Development Association (ADU).
Also in the delegation was chairman of the Ainu chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Philip Ogah; women leader of the party, Mrs. Grace Idoko; secretary of the party, Sunday Adikpe and the party youth leader in the area.
Other notable members of the delegation included Chief Jacob Ugboji, Mr. Amogo Alo, Hon. Emma Akira, Mr. Sunday Awugo, Mr Peter Ogilegwu, Mr. Daniel Ode and five other community leaders.
Some top supporters of Eworo including Hon. Edo Egboja, Hon. Ben Ogah, Dr. Gabriel Adenyuma, Comr. Ogbale Ogah, Dr. Ben Ogbu and Rev. Pinot Ogbaji who were on ground and took turns to appreciate the visit of the Ainu community leaders, assured that their principal would continue to run open door policy, urging Ainu community’s total support for Eworo’s 2019 aspiration.
In his response, Eworo thanked the delegation with a pledge that he would continue to serve Igede nation faithfully.
While also suing for unity in Igede, the Deputy Majority Leader tasked Ainu and all Benue people to support the implementation of the anti-open grazing law of the Ortom administration.
Meanwhile, the Ainu community leaders urged the governor to give urgent attention to the recently approved contract for the construction of Aliade-Mbakine-Obarike Ito Road as well as that of Oju-Awajir.