Political leaders under the aegis of Benue Rebirth Initiative have appealed to the Senate President, David Mark to support the candidature of Senator George Akume for the Senate Presidency of the 8th National Assembly.
The leaders, at the end of their inaugural meeting in Abuja yesterday, said that they have identified the key issues which have continued to drag the state backward, particularly at the national scene where the average Benue man sees his fellow brother as an enemy.
In a statement signed by its Joe Ikyaagba and Sam Ode, the group appealed to all stakeholders to sheathe their swords and embrace unity and oneness of purpose” to move the state forward.
The group pleaded with Mark to take a clear stance on the Senate presidency, and acknowledged the importance of the Senate President’s involvement in the campaign, saying his presence will add value to Akume’s bid.
Ikyaagba said: “We enjoin our brother who has walked this road before and has built the necessary bridges to enable his fellow brother continue.
“It is imperative that at this auspicious time where his silence means so much, we expect that he takes a definite stance just as he is not known to be one who sits on the fence.”
Ikyaagba 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 detribalised and nationalistic posture,” he said.
“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. The interest of Benue State must come before the selfish interest of a few minorities in the land.
“We therefore wish to reiterate our unequivocal stand to drum our support behind his aspirations as rightly viewed by well-meaning Nigerians who have without his consent toured and navigated every nook and cranny of the country to rally round behind our dear brother and leader of immense value,” the group said.

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