Why I want to become Benue governor – Lawani
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.