A group, Tiv Youth Assembly Voice, has thrown its weight behind minority leader, Senator George Akume, for the seat of Senate president in the incoming eight Senate.
It would be recalled that the All Progressives Congress, APC, recently zoned the seat of Senate president to the North Central zone with the names of Senators Akume, Bukola Saraki, Adamu Abdullahi and Barnabas Gemade featuring as the likely contenders.
But rising from a meeting yesterday in Makurdi, Benue State capital, the Tiv Youth Assembly Voice said Akume deserved to be given the position because of his credentials as the best performing governor in the North Central when he was governor of Benue State between 1999 and 2007, from where he proceeded to the senate where he recently won election as a third timer.
Sen Akume, the group further contended, deserved the Senate presidency seat because of the role he played in returning the North Central zone which used to be a strong hold of the PDP into the fold of the APC, his doggedness as the first senator to dump the PDP in the early times of the ‘change’ revolution in 2011, which encouraged most renowned politicians of refined pedigree to also dump the PDP and join the progressives which finally gave APC overwhelming victory in the just concluded polls.
It further stated: “Akume’s role in the development of the state, Middle Belt and beyond is commendable. This is evident in the fact that Sen Akume gave attention to the Benue State University by building a standard College of Health Sciences and University Teaching Hospital, as well as interventions in renovation of offices and lecture halls.

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