Tuesday, 10 January 2017

GOVERNOR ORTOM MEETS WITH TRADITIONAL RULERS/ASPIRANTS FROM BENUE SOUTH ZONE


By Ugaba Emmanuel
The Benue state Executive governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom met with the Royal fathers of Benue South zone over the lingering issue on the selection of third and first class chiefs in the zone in line with the state chiftiancy law recently signed by him.



While the exercise has been completed in the Tiv speaking areas of the state, that of Benue South zone is still in the process and urged the people concerned to conclude the selection before the second week of February, 2017.

The governor reiterated his earlier resolve not to interfare in the selection process, adding that there is no government candidate nor a preferred candidate by him. Every body should be allowed freedom to contest if he is eligible. He advised that where dialogue for concensus candidate fails, they should go into voting according to the law.

In his response to a question as to whether the sociocultural organization (pressure group) should handle the selection, the governor stated emphatically that the position of the law is very clear about it. He said, for avoidance of doubts, persons eligible to vote for first class chiefs are; second class chiefs, third class chiefs and district/Ward heads of the intermediate area.

In the case of third class chiefs, persons eligible to vote are the district/ Ward heads. From the above clarification, the sociocultural groups have no direct roles to play in the selection process of the traditional rulers, safe for the purpose of being watch dogs and to advice where necessary.

In response, speakers commended the governor for his pragmatic approach to the lingering issues surrounding the selection of first class and third class chiefs in Zone C, adding that they will go back home and do the right thing, peacefully.

Present in the meeting were the Royal fathers from Benue South zone led by the Och'idoma, HRH, Chief Elias Ikoyi Obekpa.

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