The Igede people of Benue South senatorial district have constituted their first ever traditional council, thereby bringing an end to their sojourn under the Idoma traditional council.
This landmark event took place last Saturday Chiefs, elders and stakeholders from the 23 ward-heads in Obi and Oju local governments which constitute the Igede nation met.
Chief Iji Ogbada from Ogore ward-head of Obi local government was selected as Chairman, Chief Ogakwu of Iyeche ward-head as the Deputy Chairman and Chief Ode Okponya of Okpokpo ward-head as Secretary.
In continuation of the process for the selection of First Class Chief (Adirahu Ny’Igede), the newly constituted Igede traditional council gave backing to the decision earlier made by a committee set up by the Omi Ny’Igede which zoned the position of first class chief to Adenu, the eldest kindred of the Igede nation.
The council thanked Governor Samuel Ortom for making them realise their age-long dream and also acknowledged the role played by the state House of Assembly, specially appreciating Rt Hon Nick Eworo for standing tall for the Igede nation.
They also thanked the Och’Idoma, HRM, Elias Ekoyi Obekpa for the support accorded the Igede nation in realising this dream and pledge for harmonious relationship between the two traditional council.
The council expressed readiness to complete the selection of the first class chief by the first week of January and therefore appealed to the state Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to make arrangements so as to enable them realise this date.