*Igede APC endorses Buhari, uphold Akume, Yaro’s leadership of party
But for the fact that the Igede stakeholders who gathered in a near thousand at the Oju LG Pavilion at the weekend represented only a stratum of the Igede political spectrum – APC – it would have been correctly put that Igede community has wholly affirmed its 2019 direction and roadmap to development.
The resolutions of the meeting that drew stakeholders in droves from Obi and Oju together would not be deemed to be binding on PDP which constitutes the now ruling party in Benue.
Neither might they be binding on other small parties; all because whatever took place at the gathering of politicians yesterday would be rightly said to be purely the APC affairs.
However, for the profoundness and irresistibility of the APC meeting’s resolutions that seemed to capture the essence of any community in politics of their state and the nation, a conclusion could be drawn that the Igede people have spoken on their 2019 elections’ stand.
One of the issues that has dominated the Igede-Idoma political discourse overtime is the need for powershift, to benefit the Idoma, to enable them produce the man or woman to govern the state of Benue on one hand, and to enable the Igede people to produce the man with the political sagacity and clout to thaw the ice of the Idoma people on the senatorial seat of the Benue south district.
So, one of the highpoints of the APC stakeholders meeting chaired by Prof. John Enyi is in propinquity with the agitation for powershift: it was uanimously resolved to that the seat of Benue South Senatorial District which has been residing in Old Otukpo and Old Okpowkw for decades should be zoned to Oju/Obi Federal Constituency in the forthcoming election.
The APC stakeholders in Oju/Obi Federal Constituency resolved not to defect from the party despite the gale of defections sweeping in the lead-up to 2019 polls.
The party members endorsed Muhammadu Buhari 2019 presidential bid for his “outstanding Performance”.
They also pass a vote of confidence Sen. George Akume as the party’s political leader in the state.
Oju-Yahe road which has been allegedly constructed on paper by the previous administration should be reawarded.
They also upheld Aba Yaro-led Excos in the State
Roll call included in part, Hon Hassan Muhammed, Benue Zone C Party Chairman; Dr Egboja Akwuma, senatorial aspirant, Benue Zone C; Rt. Hon Nick Eworo, ex-Deputy Majority Leader, Benue State House of Assembly; Barr Jacob Obande Ajene; and Hon Austin Okwoche, Chairman Oju LGC.
Others were Hon David Ahonye Akwuma, APC Chairman,Oju LGC; Hon Francis Ikwe, BSHA aspirant to represent Obi state constituency ; David Idaa, APC Chairman, Obi LGC; Barr Etukwu Onah, Hon Egbodo Peter Obo (aspirants); Prof. Moses Ogbaji; Amb. Godwin Oga, Former Provost, COE Oju; Barr Patricia Ori Kupchi, Chairman National Population Commission, North Central; Hon Godwin Okpete; Hon Linus Ojeka, Former Chairman, Benue Planning Commission; Hon Sam Itachu; Hon Rev. Pinot Ogbaji; Comr Ogbu Itachu, Oju/Obi House of Reps aspirant; Hon Eba Ike; Comr Dan Ode; Mr John Okpong; Hon Eru Odigiri; Elder Moses Odo; Rave Onah, House of Reps aspirant, Oju/Obi; Hon Dave Ode; Comr Ajoma Success; Engr Benson Obega; Hon Ogo Idaa, Oju Zone C House of Assembly Aspirant; Hon Agi Igbo; Hon Igo; Dr Otumala Emeka; Hon Igbo Agi; Hon Ogbale Ogah; Chief Egbe Armstrong; Mr Mike Okoo; Mr Otumala Ogbu; Hon Dan Ode; Hob Joseph Onah; Kate Ode, Oju woman leader; Ado LG APC Chairman and Obadigbo LG Party Chairman.
Meanwhile Benue south senatorial aspirant in the forthcoming election, Sir (Dr) Akwumaisaac Egboja has announced September 1, 2018 as flag off of his campaign.
The day is Igede Agba cultural festival.