- Shortly after he was accused of sabotaging plans for the emergence of an Idoma governor, David Olofu has reacted
- Olofu, who is the commissioner for finance in Benue state said some individuals are spreading misguided narratives about his political career
- According to Olofu, the Idoma nation has the greatest chance to become the next governor of Benue state in the 2023 general election
Makurdi - The Benue state commissioner for finance, David Olofu, has said that the possibility of the Idoma nation producing the next governor of the state is quite high.
Urging the Idoma people not to relent on pushing for one of their own to emerge a successor to Governor Samuel Ortom, the commissioner said all hope is not lost yet with the 2023 election draws near.
Reacting to the claim that he is making efforts to jeopardise the emergence of an Idoma governor by eying the position of Benue state's deputy governor, Olofu said such claims are mischievous and unfounded.
Olofu while interacting with journalists on Friday, May 6, admitted that the nomination of Benson Abounu as the Idoma consensus candidate in the party is a pointer that the people were on the right track.
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He noted that there has never been a time when the Idoma people were as united and sincere in their agitation as they currently are.
"Since 1999, this is the only time Idoma people would unanimously present one single candidate for PDP primaries.
"This is a good hope for us as a people and I pray it eventually ends in praise".
He advised his Idoma kinsmen, especially, various agitating groups, such as Olohi Ka'Idoma, to heed the advice of Governor Ortom, by continuing to lobby the Tiv stakeholders for possible understanding before the primaries.
Addressing allegations of working against the Idoma people
Speaking on the allegation by 'Olohi Ka'Idoma', that he was secretly working to jeopardize the chances of Idoma governorship, so he could emerge as deputy governor, Olofu asked the people to remain steadfast.
He added that those pushing such a narrative are only hallucinating.
"Those who are conversant with political party activities and electioneering process in Nigeria would agree with me that, no one talks about deputy governorship of a state, except the governorship candidate emerges in the party, after primaries.
"How can one be talking about deputy governorship when we are yet to know who would fly the flag of the party?"
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Olofu also clarified that, unlike other positions, the post of a deputy governor is not contestable and is usually zoned to a particular area accepted by stakeholders.
"No one would coarse me into supporting an unjust or unfair aspiration of any individual.
"I shall continue to work together with the like minds and leaders of the party, to ensure equity, fairness, justice and equitable distribution of positions and dividends of democracy."
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The Benue state's commissioner of finance had been accused of making efforts to jeopardise the emergence of an Idoma governor.
The allegation was made by Olohi Ka'Idoma, a Benue socio-political group against the state's commissioner of finance.
According to the group, Olofu is serving his selfish interest at the expense of the general interest of the Idoma nation.
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Governor Samuel Ortom on Wednesday, May 4, said he had never promised Terwase Orbunde, his former chief of staff, or anyone that they would succeed him as number one person in Benue.
The governor debunked the claim during a meeting with some stakeholders from the Kwande intermediate area of the state.
According to Ortom, the stakeholders from the state would be allowed the opportunity to select the candidate to brighten the chances of the party winning the election in 2023.