Political leaders from Benue State, led by former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Honourable Sam Ode under the aegis of Benue Rebirth Initiative have called on indigenes of the state to embrace unity in order to develop.
The group which made this call in a communiqué issued at the end of their inaugural meeting which held in Abuja yesterday, said they had identified the key issues which have continued to drag the state backward particularly at the national scene where an average Benue man sees his fellow brother as an enemy and wished to appeal to all stakeholders to sheathe their sword and embrace unity and oneness of purpose.
The group further expressed their desire to shelve all tribal differences and work for the success of Senator George Akume’s senate presidency bid.
“We sincerely wish to use this medium to affirm to Nigerians and the rest of Africa that the bitter tribal discord between the various ethnic components of Benue State has been buried through the concerted efforts of this group in honour of Senator George Akume’s detribalized and nationalistic posture,” it read in part.
According to him, Akume’s Senate Presidency will help to bring about rapid development of the North Central geopolitical hemisphere by the practical demonstration of Akume’s mass followership cutting across every stratum of the society and the expected collaboration with the incoming administration of the President-elect to deliver on the APC manifesto.
“We wish to throw our total support behind Senator George Akume, which is not only to confirm his ever green political image in the minds of the poor masses of Benue State but to reaffirm our commitment to the unity of purpose that the interest of Benue State must come before the selfish interest of a few minority in the land.
“This is because our journey to Eldorado as a nation has remained stagnant due to our unwillingness to support our own when it comes to national assignments. This house has resolved not just to support and see to his ascension but to remain as a true voice of conscience to continually agitate for policies and programmes that would be beneficial to the people of the region,” they further stressed.
They also noted that they have carefully analyzed the various arguments canvassed in favour of Akume who is a former Governor of our beloved State and present Minority Leader of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, expressing confidence that Senator George Akume perfectly fits into the various arguments centred on religion, legislative experience, strength of character, goodwill, masses oriented ideology.”
This rare gesture particularly from his party men and women at the All Progressives Congress is a pointer to the fact that Benue’s position in our democratic experience cannot be over-emphasized at this point in time.”

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