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The year under review: Five big political fights that rocked Idomaland in 2015

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | 2:56:00 AM

By Ameh Godwin

The political landscape of Idoma community witnessed a lot of battles in the year 2015.
Idoma Voice brings you the top five fights of political gladiators within the last 12 months that cannot easily go into oblivion.

Chris Adabah (Mad Lion) vs Hassan Saleh
The political rivalry between the estranged pals could be dated back to 2014 during the National Assembly Primaries of the PDP in the State. Abah had floored the incumbent, Saleh to pick the Ogbadibo, Ado and Okpokwu Constituency ticket.
However, the inability of the opposition party, APC to field its candidate made INEC to declare Abah winner even before the election could take place.

Apparently irked by the development, Saleh approached the court, claiming that his opponent had forged the certificate that he presented before the INEC. The court ruled in favour of Saleh and issued a bench warrant on Abah.

This development sparked protest among youths in the constituency who blamed the court for imposing a 'bench warmer' on them. Abah had since appealed the judgment but the court was yet to rule on the matter at the time of this report.

Ezekiel Adaji vs Nelson Alapa
The Otukpo/Ohimini federal constituency will not forget the fight that ensued between the lawmaker representing the area at the national assembly, Ezekiel Adaji and his challenger, Nelson Alapa of the APC in a hurry.

Alapa, a former minority leader in the house of reps lost out to Adaji in his second term bid back in 2011.
In a bid to reclaim his 'stolen' mandate from Adaji who many see as David Mark's political godson, the soft-spoken politician joined the race in 2015.

Sadly, Adaji was declared winner and returned after the poll but Alapa kicked, claiming that he was rigged out.
The battle ended up in both tribunal and appeal courts but Adaji was victorious.

James Okefe vs Okpokwu PDP
In 2015, Okpokwu Local Government was embroiled in serious leadership and political crisis which degenerated to serious issues of slander and blackmail concerning the local government’s monthly allocation.

The leadership tussle ensued between deputy speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, James Okefe and leadership of the PDP in the Okpokwu hometown.

Okefe was accused of trying to drive the power steering back how, thus abandoning his legislative duty.
Report filtered out that he, (Okefe) was expelled by the party, but it did not fly above the bridge.

Madaki Ameh and Dan Onjeh
This power tussle could go down as the messiest fight that rocked the Idoma nation in 2015.

Madaki Ameh and Dan Onjeh were aspiring to represent the party at the March 28 National Assembly election.

The refusal of one to step down for the order was a big setback for the party during the primary as both insisted that they were all qualified to face David Mark of the PDP.

Mild drama played out when Onjeh took to Facebook to announce that the party had settled for him as its candidates.

Madaki in his reply, commented that Onjeh was only dreaming, insisting that he had been clared to represent the party.

The social media war ended up disgracefully as both washed their dirty linen in the public, thus, exposing their private deals.
Eventually, the party settled for Onjeh to face Mark.

David Mark vs Daniel Onjeh
This fight did not only shake the Idoma community but the nation at large.

When the All Progressives Congress in the state picked former students' unionist, Daniel Onjeh as its candidate for the national assembly election, the opponents, PDP were already celebrating.
They had concluded that there was no need to campaign because Mark had already won.

Expectedly, Mark was declared winner by INEC in the controversial election but Onjeh shifted the battle to legal ground.
At the tribunal in Makurdi, Justice Dipeolu Mosunola quashed Onjeh's case, on the ground that it has no substance.

Determined to see the back of the cat on the ground, he approached the appeal court and Justice Ige upheld his appeal and invalidated Mark's fifth term election.
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