Why I want to be­come Benue gover­nor – Lawani

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

What is re­spon­si­ble for your sud­den si­lence over your gu­ber­na­to­rial am­bi­tion in re­cent time?

I don’t think the sit­u­a­tion at this time is right. People are run­ning from their houses to the streets of Makurdi fol­low­ing re­cent in­se­cu­rity in the state, so what is on my mind now is to see how peace can be re­stored to en­able the people re­turn to their homes to con­tinue to do what they know best - farm­ing to feed their fam­i­lies and also tak­ing their crops to the mar­kets. If we start cam­paign­ing now, it is cer­tainly im­moral even though people say there is noth­ing morally wrong in pol­i­tics. That is why I’m ly­ing low at the mo­ment.

The pop­u­la­tion of the Idoma where you hail from has de­prived them the gov­er­nor­ship po­si­tion in the state since its cre­ation 38 years ago. What pos­si­ble strate­gies are you ad­vanc­ing to break the jinx to be­come the first Idoma gover­nor?

I be­lieve that the people of this state have been lis­ten­ing to what we have been say­ing. There is need to bring eq­uity, jus­tice and fair play to the po­lit­i­cal equa­tion of Benue State. So, the people are lis­ten­ing and are sym­pa­thetic to our cause be­cause with­out Zone ‘C’; the Benue South se­na­to­rial district’s con­tri­bu­tion, the PDP wouldn’t have won eas­ily in 2011. Since 2009, we have worked to­gether with our Tiv broth­ers in Zone ‘A’ and ‘B’ to put this PDP govern­ment in place. We be­lieve that even the spirit of ‘you eat, al­low your broth­ers to eat’ would make the other two zones which have pro­duced gov­er­nors since the de­par­ture of the mil­i­tary from the pol­i­tics of this coun­try to now give us the turn. We think the other se­na­to­rial zone which has not ben­e­fited should be con­sid­ered, we are ap­peal­ing, it is not force be­cause we don’t have the nu­mer­i­cal strength of zone ‘A’ and ‘B’. We are say­ing that they very soon, we shall over­come the cri­sis. Our people should not be too dis­cour­aged about what is hap­pen­ing. None of our lands that are presently oc­cu­pied by the Fu­lani herds­men would be al­lowed to re­main in their hands for too long; we will re­claim them all work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the federal govern­ment. So any time from now, things would be a lot bet­ter and people will be able to move freely.

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