Thursday, 11 December 2014

ANALYSIS ON DEPUTY GOVERNORSHIP IN BENUE STATE by Sunday Itodo

I want to reveal to us that the politicking for the deputy Governor seat in Benue state has begun in PDP.

Intrinsic lobbying, scheming and penetrative abracadabra is already going on, to pick the running mate of Terhemen Tarzoo who was the inglorious beneficiary of the infamous executive coup of Monday, 8th December in Makurdi.

I earlier reported that a certain aspirant was cap at hand, begging for the position of a lieutenant of the emerging Suswam boy. I'm not here to call his name. He knows himself.

The persons whose names shall be mentioned hereafter should not be held responsible for their names been mentioned. I'm not too sure if they were the ones lobbying for the position by themselves or if they are interested in the first place.

From what I gathered, the Tiv people would prefer to work with Sam Ode whom they consider as humble and well experienced, having served as the Caretaker Chairman in Otukpo LGC, Special Adviser to Governor Suswam on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Honourable Minister of State for Niger Delta and now Member of Board of a Federal parastatal.

His choice will hit bricks for just one reason.

The Idoma people see Sam Ode as another Tiv man cos his mother hails from Tiv land. Thus, they argue that it would amount to Tiv-Tiv ticket if he is chosen.

Dr. Mathias Oyigeya was also mentioned at first and his emergence would have been a better option for Idoma youths due to his exploit at the Federal Medical Centre, where he gave Federal government job to over 4000 Idoma youths.

Some analysts argued that if given the position, he would consolidate on what he did as the Chief Medical Director.

But there seems to be a trouble.

The governorship aspirant hails from Ogbadibo LGA, the same district with Chief Steven Lawani who has occupied the seat for over 7 years.

As we speak, the name of Paul Harrison Ogbole is rigging bell as top contender.

After his little taste of chairmanship of Otukpo LGC as caretaker Chairman, Harrison Ogbole became a Federal Commissioner with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, where he helped a lot of Idoma youths also.

He was a governorship aspirant but later withdrew when Idoma elders prevailed upon them to step down for a sole candidate.

The youngest aspirant would have been a good match for Tarzoo but for his local government origin. He hails from Otukpo LGA, where the Senate seat for Benue south has remained for the past 15 years.

Analysts have submitted that since the Senate President has emerged as the flag bearer of PDP for senate, it would be a political suicide to other LGAs if the Senate President and deputy Governor come from the same area.

In all, there is a young man who would spring surprises as far as our permutations can hold. Hon. John Ngbede is a silence heavyweight!

Having served in Gov. Suswam's cabinet for 7 years, Hon. Ngbede has been a force to reckon with. He shot himself into limelight when he presided over the Ministry of Water Resources as Commissioner.

After sending Hon. Mike Inalegwu to political oblivion, John Ngbede ascended the political leadership of Agatu LGA where he calls it shot.

An unconfirmed report has it that the incumbent deputy Governor who came second in the last PDP primaries wouldn't mind to get back to office, if called upon.

Analysis has shown that the man would gladly oblige if no section of the constitution hampers his chances. He would want to use that to stay relevant in the corridor of power to sustain his supports so as to clinch the number one seat in 2019.

The state Chairman of PDP, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo's name was also linked to the contest. It was alleged that, that was the reason why he once said that the governorship slot was not an exclusive affair of Idoma people but all Benue sons and daughters should also be allowed.

His chances will be slim as the Honourable Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro hails from the same LG with him. Also, the Lawani factor may affect his chance as they are all from the same constituency.

There are 4 Federal constituencies in Benue South, the Igede speaking area, Oju/Obi had the deputy governorship slot for 8 years, Ado/Ogbadibo/OKPOKWU federal constituency had tasted the seat for over 8 years, leaving Otukpo/Ohimini and APA/Agatu constituencies on the queue.

As Idoma youths put heads together to strategize and draw out itinerary for the governorship election in Benue come 2015, we want to say unequivocally that we are not party to any deputy governorship arrangements and we don't care who emerges from among the people, who do not have our interests at heart in the first place!

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