Sunday, 24 January 2016


Immediate past Deputy Governor of Benue State, Chief Steve Lawani, former Senate President, Senator Ameh Ebute, and two former Ministers, Dr Sam Ode, and Professor Jerry Agada, were among top notchers of the Peoples Democratic Party, who defected into the All Progressives Congress, APC, today in Otukpo, Benue State.

Others were a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Chief Mike Onoja, member of the National Assembly in the second Republic, Senator Godwin Okpe, former Deputy Director General of Senator David Mark Campaign Organization, Dr John Enyi, and pioneer PDP chairman in Benue State, Chief Agada Igomu.

Thousands of their supporters followed them into the APC.
The defection took place at the formal flag off of the Comrade Daniel Onjeh Senatorial Campaign at the Government Secondary School, Eupi, in Otukpo.

APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun received the new members into the party.
He urged the electorate to be part of the wind of change that blew across the country last year by voting for Comrade Onjeh who he described as a courageous young man with the capacity of effecting positive change in the lives of the people of the area.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said if elected, Comrade Onjeh would team up with him, Governor Ortom, and President Muhammadu Buhari to bring positive surprises to them.

He said with the calibre of the defectors, the election would be a celebration and affirmation of President Buhari's mandate.
Senator Ebute who spoke on behalf of the defectors said they were shocked by the magnitude of decay in the last 16 years being uncovered and left the PDP as expression of their disgust and dissociation from the misdeeds.

Governor Ortom commended the new party members for what he described as their wise decision to get on the same page with Nigerians by joining the APC and assured that adequate security would be provided to ensure that voters exercise their franchise freely without molestation.

Senatorial candidate, Comrade Donald Daniel Onjeh who stated that the Appeal Court verdict which paved the way for the re-run on February 13, 2016 liberated the Benue South (Idoma, Igede, Utonkon, ufia, Ezis, Ezas, and all that dwells in Idoma land) People from slavery of a politician who never fulfilled any campaign promise. The Comrade pledged that if voted he would be different. He also debunked the rumour making rounds that Tivs and Idoma are at War, saying help could come from anywhere as the Tivs are not eligible to vote with their PVCs in Benue South. He said Idoma nation will not continue to be fooled by David Mark any longer, citing that it is now over 16yrs that only one man sat on the Senate seat without completing any meaningful rural projects as one of his over-sight functions for the people he represents. He asked why is it that nobody from Idoma land is deemed fit before David to represent Idomas at the National Assembly? He said David Mark wants to remain perpetually on power not for the love of Idoma people but to cover and protect his loots, corruption and to enjoy immunity clause. He advised the electorates to exercise their rights by voting him and the APC government without fear or intimidation. "Come February 13th 2016 is the day of freedom; the days of peace and mutual harmony would begin, the days of accountability would set in, the end of political autonomy would begin, the days of tranquillity would begin, hope has come to the Idoma people." He praised President Buhari whose dogged fight against corruption would rebuild Nigeria from the economic woes been experienced because of the PDP maladministration in the immediate past government.

On his part, the APC youth Leader of the zone who is also a Senior Special Assistance-SSA to the State Govr. on youth mobilization and intergration zone c chapter, Hon. Anthony Adah a.k.a the 'Amanda Nustra or Tony Trigger, said by quoting Pope John Paul II "The future is now and not tomorrow" meaning that youths should be allowed to participate in politics and the schemes of government as old folks always wants to remain on the corridors of power. "Despite the much potentials in eligible youths of Nigeria, especially Idoma Land, One Manhas held us captive and almost consumes our collective futures" . The Youth leader said gone are the days of impunity, oligarchy, totalitarianism, emperical dynasty and the absorbtion of the youths' future as seen today by some powerful political Tyrants. He charged the youths in the 9 local governments to come out amass to vote Daniel Onjeh whom he described as an ideology whose time has come and a positive representation for the Idoma race.

On their separate speeches, Former Minister for Niger/Delta-Hon. Dr. Sam Ode; Fmr. DG of Lower Benue River Basin-Hon. Dr. Ada Chenge; Fmr. Deputy Govr. of Benue State-Chief Steven Lawani; fmr Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence-Chief Mike Onoja; fmr. Minister of state for Education, Chief Jerry Agada and a host of other decampees, praised the administration of the State Govr. Dr. Samuel Ortom, they thanked the APC national Chairman-Chief John Oyegun for counting them worthy of joining the APC which they described as the party that can truly bring to Nigerians the much anticipated positive change. They pledged their loyalties to work for and in the interests of th APC as a party, while assuring the Senatorial Candidate-Comrade Dan Onjeh their full support to elect him as the Senator representing the people of zone c to the NASS.

The mammoth crowds of diverse youths, elders, adults, party faithfuls, fans and supporters of various dignittaries and pedigrees from all the 9 Local govts in Benue South as well as Benue South indigenes from all over the country, came in solidarity to greece the flag off campaign to elect Senator Donald Daniel Onjeh come February 13th 2016.

By Tahav Agerzua

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