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Igede nation kick as LG elections fall on new yam festival day

Written By Idoma Television on Sunday, June 5, 2016 | 5:01:00 AM

The Igede people of Benue South senatorial district have expressed concern over the date fixed for local government elections in the state by the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission, BESIEC.

The Chairman of the commission, Mr. John Tswua, on Friday announced that the state electoral body would conduct the council poll on September 3, 2016, the same day as the new yam festival “Igede Agba”.

Some aggrieved Igede people who spoke, condemned the development, saying Igede Agba is a major festival recognized by the State government, hence the commission should review the date fixed for the elections. 

“The Igede Agba, because of all the side events to mark the cultural festival, is like a week-long celebration and it starts on Sept. 3, As Obi and Oju voters will go to polls, the festivities will be affected in those areas of the state,” one man who preferred anonymity said.

“The Election Commission should have taken into consideration the sentiments of the people of Igede which is attached to Igede Agba,” said another source, adding that the party he belongs to is, however, ready to face the polls.
The new yam festival “Igede Agba” is celebrated annually on the first Ihigile market day of the month of September.

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