Benue South Rerun Polls: External Forces Can Foist Anybody On Idoma People – Ex-Minister Moro
The immediate past Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has vowed that no amount of external influence or forces can foist anybody on Idoma people over the Benue South rerun election between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Appeal Court last November had nullified the election of former Senate President David Mark of the PDP, who was the senator representing Benue South and ordered a rerun.
The court delivered the ruling in an appeal filed by the APC candidate, Daniel Onjeh
Moro, who is the Director General of the David Mark Campaign Organisation, was reacting to an alleged attack on him by the Benue State Deputy Governor Benson Abounu, over the rerun election.
According to the former Minister, Mr. Abounu has no reason to ask the former Senate president to withdraw from the race but should think of how to promote and protect the interest of his people rather than working at cross purposes with them.
Moro said: “Abounu knows the interest of our people. He was around when political stakeholders in Benue South overwhelmingly endorsed Senator Mark to contest the election in September 2014. Abounu neither protested nor challenged the decision.
“Abounu in his heart of hearts knows that there was really no contest between Mark and Onjeh in the first instance. But whatever the circumstances that led to the nullification of the election by the appeal tribunal over the signature of the returning officer, it is instructive to people who forget their yesterday to remember that a day of reckoning will always come.
“Whatever, wherever the interest of the people is, any responsible leader must respect such. This quest for immediate gain is not sustainable.
“Let me honestly thank Abounu for at least admitting that Mark attracted some good projects some at various stages of completion to Benue South including appointments into boards and agencies of federal government. At least, the narrative is now changing from he has not done anything to some projects yet to be completed.
“I do not like name dropping but since Abounu mentioned the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh in his narrative, let him also confirm from our respected Ogbeh, who nominated him for the post of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he hitherto presided.
“Abounu must be reminded that the Idoma people are watching. Nigerians are watching those who would mortgage the interest of their people for personal gains.
“Whatever the situation is, I make bold to say that as a proud Idoma man that no external influence or forces can foist anybody on Idoma people. No outsider can love us more than we love ourselves. Abounu should tell his co-travellers that the Idoma people cannot be tele-guided. We have spoken in our vote for Senator Mark”.