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Tiv people are jealous of David Mark; they don't love Idoma – Tsav

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 12:50:00 AM

A former Commissioner of Police and elder statesman, Abubakar Tsav has described those calling for votes against former senate president, David Mark in the forthcoming rerun in Benue South as blind political observers.

He said his people were only jealous of Mark’s achievements in the senate and want him removed at all cost.

He made his stand in a recent interview. 

His words, “It is sheer jealousy as far as I am concerned because David Mark has been in the Senate since 1999 and he looked after his people so well; he has helped his people so well and even when a Tiv man went to him, he helped him. 

"But these people who are against him have not done enough and have not helped their people so that are jealous of him and they want to pull him down by all means. That is just the only thing; they have no other reason because the Idoma for instance have the right to appoint their own leaders; they have a right to elect their own leaders, they have a right to elect their own leaders.

“They have a right to select who leads them but how can you here leave your own area and you want to impose another person on the Idoma? If you truly love the Idomas, why don’t you give the Idomas the slot to become the governor of Benue State? And if you really love Idoma, why do you sideline them in some appointments in this political dispensation? So the whole thing is jealousy, selfishness and it is bad. In Tiv land for instance, when Mathias Byuan stood election against Gemade, they persuaded him not to go ahead because he was inexperience to Gemade and so Gemade should go.

“When Terngu Tsegba contested against Akume, it was the same thing. When Suswam contested Senate seat with Gemade and Gemade won, Akume and Gemade came and pleaded with Suswam to let it go and Suswam allowed it. Why are the same people now asking Onjeh to try and unseat David Mark? If they cannot look after their people, let them allow the Idomas to select whoever they want to be their leader. I see it as selfishness, greed and jealousy.”

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