Good morning, here are ten things you need to know in Benue State this Monday morning.
1. The All Progressives Congress, APC, senatorial candidate in Benue South in the last election, Comrade Dan Onjeh has revealed what the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari told him during a recent courtesy call on the ex-general by some chieftains of the APC from Benue State.
Onjeh, who was appointed Director of Youth Affairs for Buhari’s campaign team told IDOMA VOICE on phone that the former Head of State is still happy with the people of Benue State for voting overwhelmingly for him during the March 28 presidential election.
2. The newly appointed Tor Lobi,and former Director General,Chief Moses Anagende has decried the increasing wave of attacks by the Fulani insurgents on the Tiv communities in Benue state.
Speaking during a courtesy on him by the Ipusu community Makurdi,Chief Anagende said that the development was capable of causing famine in Tiv land since Tiv farmers were no longer engaging in farming activities.He called for collaborative efforts in tackling the menace.
3. After a short hiatus, DayBreak Times, a foremost Benue indigenous tabloid is making appreciable waves is back
Confirming the return of the paper, Managing Editor of the Newspaper, Amb. Sunday Itodo disclosed that the ‘fresh wine’ will hit newsstands in area such as Makurdi, Otukpo, Ugbokolo, Otukpa, Oju, Gboko, Katsina-Ala, Zaki-Biam and other LGAs in Benue this Monday morning.
4. Men of the underworld, Sunday morning killed a man around Sobaz Nig Ltd, a popular gas station in Yandev roundabout in Gboko area of Benue State.
Report says, the heavily armed men, chased and shot down the young man from his motorcycle.
The victim, a native of Buruku LGA of the state, fell from his ‘bike’ when the bullet hit him.
5. Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade, together with other political leaders in the state have subscribed to the reconciliation agenda set by religious leaders in the state.
Catholic Bishops and the synod of the NKST Church yesterday and today organized thanksgiving services at St John’s Cathedral Gboko, and College of Health Technology Mkar to express appreciation to God for peaceful polls in the state.
6. The All Progressives Congress in Benue State has responded to a recent analysis by The Sun newspaper, where it claimed the party might lose its governorship poll victory to the PDP in the state.
The writer anchored his reason on the internal feud currently rocking the party.
However, in a quick response, Tahav Agerzua, the media adviser to the governor-elect, Samuel Ortom laughed off the crude analysis, averring that his inauguration is not under threat.
7. Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam, has publicly declared support for the ambition of Senate Minority leader, George Akume, to preside over the eighth senate.
He spoke at a meeting of Benue state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders at the party’s secretariat on New Makurdi Road, Makurdi.
8. The All Progressives Congress (APC) is not keen on zoning principal positions in the 8th National Assembly especially Senate presidency and speakership of the House of Representatives.
It prefers to allow members decide those who lead them.
The party, according to its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has decided to throw the positions open to those interested in occupying them.
9. Desmond Shija, a resident of Abuja yesterday bade farewell to his friends and family as he started his journey from Abuja to Makurdi on foot in celebration of Benue Governor-elect, Dr Samuel Ortom’s victory in last month’s general elections.
10. On the national scene, Incoming President, Muhammadu Buhari has expunged the ‘General’ title in his name.
The retired warlord said as soon as he assumes office come May 29, he would no longer wants to be addressed as a ‘General’ rather President.
The official portraits of Nigeria’s president-elect and his vice-president, have been unveiled by their media team in Abuja.