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The former gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Benue State, Emmanuel Jime, has thrown his weight behind the Idoma governorship aspiration in Benue State.
Jime, while receiving a delegation of a pressure group, Benue Rebirth Movement (BRM), in his Abuja residence yesterday, urged the people of Benue South Senatorial District, to keep up their fight to produce the Benue State Governor in 2023.
BRM, the umbrella organization leading the aspiration of Benue South to produce the governor of the state, for the first time since its creation, 45 years ago, is being led by the former Chief of Defence Intelligence, AVM Monday Morgan (Rtd.).
According to the former member, House of Representatives, Idoma people should neither be discouraged by any setbacks experienced in the course of the struggle nor be intimidated by the hurdles ahead, urging for more unity and lobbying.
The former Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, who promised his continued support for Idoma governorship aspiration, emphasized the need for unity of purpose for the objective to be realized. He regretted that he was yet to see the required unity within Benue South, citing as an example, the recent case of zoning of the APC state chairmanship position to Benue South.
Jime said he had expected Benue South to insist on taking that position elsewhere, considering the nature of politics that plays out in the country at the moment. Rather, to his disappointment, some people in that zone went ahead to solicit for the position.
The APC chieftain, however, maintained that any form of zoning that does not give the governorship slot to zone C in 2023 amounts to no zoning. He said the use of the five Tiv ruling houses as the component units for the purpose of rotating the office of the state Governor does not make sense to him.
He argued that, since the Tiv have been leading the fight for justice, equity and fairness at the federal level, they should also apply the same principle at the state level by incorporating Benue South in the zoning and rotation of the state governorship.
“My understanding is that the battle for justice and equity sometimes is one that must be accompanied by tears, sweat and sacrifice,” he pointed out.
Earlier in his speech, the National Coordinator of BRM, AVM Morgan, congratulated Jime on his recent appointment as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council and solicited his support for Idoma governorship aspiration in 2023.
The National Coordinator recalled BRM’s earlier visit on the same mission which was very fruitful and expressed hope that the group would continue to count on him.
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