Monday, 21 December 2015

#Benue Rerun: Commercial Activities Crippled As Onjeh Storms Otukpo

There was jubilation in Otukpo town of Otukpo local government area of Benue State, just as commercial activities were halted when the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Daniel Onjeh visited Benue south senatorial district to commence political campaigns.

Commercial centers including markets and shops, as well as churches were halted as scores thronged the area to solidarise with Onjeh in his determination to unseat senator David Mark.

Mark was elected into has been in the senate since 1999 before Onjeh vied for the seat in the last April National Assembly elections. He challenged the victory of Mark at the Court of Appeal where the appellate court ordered for a fresh election to be conducted by INEC, within 90 days.

In the Benue south senatorial district yesterday, Onjeh stormed Otukpo, the headquarters of the Idoma nation and he was received by a mammoth crowd of top politicians and APC ardent supporters.

Onjeh visited the Ochi Idoma Elias Ikoyi Obekpa and paid homage to the royal father who described Onjeh as a beacon of hope for the youth in the state and country.

The procession which began at the Otukpo burnt bricks toll gate involved political stakeholders, women and youths who marched round the busy Otukpo town in jubilation over the defeat of Mark by Onjeh.

It was gathered that the people abandoned their commercial activities to join the procession march which, according to them, was to mark the liberation of Idoma land.

Mr. Daniel Onyirofie Onjeh has denied being chased from Otukpo on Saturday.

Onjeh, said this in reaction to a media report claiming that his reception yesterday flopped as he was denied usage of St. Andrew’s College field.

The former student unionist, while describing the story as untrue and baseless, declared that his opponents were only jealous and jittery of the support he is getting from the people of the constituency.

He however averred that no amount of propaganda can make the people of the zone disembark from the train of change they have boarded.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Onjeh, a native of Orokam in Ogbadibo LGA of Benue state, said, “On sighting the momentum of the excited and jubilant mammoth crowd that received me from the Burnt Bricks in Otukpo, and their tumultuous voices in the procession which set his own very Ewolo Ward-the starting point, agog first; in an attempt to whittle down the devastating impact of this very successful Onjeh’s first outing, just before we arrived the Ochi’Idoma Palace, his camp quickly contracted one of their social media miscreants to issue a misleading story, citing: ‘Onjeh was denied venue and chased out of Otukpo with his rented crowd ‘.

“Whereas, several correspondents of reputable and credible media outfits thronged Benue South to cover this event, perhaps because the event ended late they couldn’t file their stories yesterday, but certainly they will today and the world shall read and watch the actual report of the historic reception.

“I want to state categorically that there is no iota of truth in the story and should be discarded. No amount of propaganda and social media noise would force the good people of Benue South to abandon this train of change.

“It is evident that the opponents are only jealous and jittery of the support we are getting from our people who are apparently tired of their years of empty promises and underdevelopment,” he added.

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