Stakeholders and elders of Benue South senatorial district of Benue state have warned former Minister of State for Niger-Delta, Sam Odeh and state Assembly Deputy, Hon Ejembi Okefe to stair clear of the deputy governor, Engr, Benson Abounu.
The duo are reportedly behind recent publications of an alleged move by the Benue state House of Assembly to impeach the state Deputy Governor.
The stakeholders and elders who met yesterday in Makurdi and thereafter paid the deputy governor a solidarity visit at the Benue People’s House affirmed their support for his leadership, resolving to give him their total support and that of the entire people of Benue South people in the wake of such allegations.
Led by elder statesman and chairman, Opiatoha K’Idoma, Chief Baba Odangla, the 40-man delegation told the deputy governor that though they don’t believe the story about the purported move to impeach him as he has done no wrong, they still find it expedient to visit him given the sinister motive of those behind the false publications.
Chief Odangla who condemned their action disclosed that the primary motive for the false publications was to embarrass and discredit the deputy governor and turn the people against him, adding that even the office of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly has denied the existence of any impeachment move.
The elders expressed anger at the alleged involvement of two of their sons in the plot to unseat the deputy governor and their use of falsehood as a vehicle for achieving their selfish aim.
“Whereas, we shall support and encourage the legitimate aspirations of our people, we stand opposed to the aspiration of anyone that seeks the ouster and replacement of another person from office through blackmail and organised falsehood”.
The elders who commended the honest and transparent leadership of the Samuel Ortom administration as well as the wonderful partnership between Governor Ortom and Engr. Abounu which has translated into numerous developmental milestones in the state warned detractors and enemies of Benue South not to constitute themselves into clog in the wheel of progress.
“Whoever stands in the way of Engr. Abounu and his efforts at bringing developmental succour to our people makes himself an enemy of the collective aspiration and interest of Benue south senatorial district.”
Responding, Engr. Abounu said he was overwhelmed by the surprise visit and the number of highly respected elders that sacrificed their time to be there. He thanked the people for their awesome show of love and solidarity and for putting the people first before themselves.
He allayed their fears and told them that there exist no moves to remove him explaining that the publications were the handiwork of mischief makers who are pursuing their narrow, selfish interest.
He described the visit as heart-warming and enthused that this show of love by his own people would serve as a tonic to do more for their benefit.
Among the delegates were second republic senator, Senator Godwin Okpe, former minister, Prof. Jerry Agada, President, Omiyin Igede, Chief Ode Enyi, former PDP chairmen – Chief Agada Igomu and Chief Mike Iduma, Barr. Peter Ochejile, Dr. Matthias Oyigeya, Chief Mike Inalegwu,Sir Benjamin Ugalahi, Rt. Hon Ralph Igbago, Dr. Jairus Erube, Elder Oche Onazi, Hon. Bernard Ochepa, Elder Agidani. There were representations from former Senate President, Chief Ameh Ebute , Gen Lawrence Onoja, Chief Mike Onoja, Gen. Sani Eyioda (Rtd), Chief Sylvester Ameh, Gen. Harrison Adoga (Rtd), Hon. Solomon Agidani and Col. Liman Adulugba (rtd)