By Peter Duru
As political activities heat up ahead of the 2015 general elections, the people of Benue South senatorial zone, have threatened to boycott the governorship election in the state if the governorship position is not ceded to the zone.
Benue South senatorial zone is made up of the Idoma tribe, who constitutes the second largest ethnic group in the state.
National President of the Idoma National Forum, INF, and umbrella body of all Idoma sons and daughters, Mr. Okopi Momoh, disclosed this when he spoke at the first late Ochi Idoma I, Ogiri Oko memorial lecture series, in Otukpo.
His said: “Modernity calls for synergy; the kind of development scenario that is going on in the world today abhors deliberate exclusion of human capabilities in sustainable development process.
“In Benue today, it is practically impossible for an Idoma or Igede man to be governor of the state. If the country and indeed Benue State must develop sustainably, we must stop using numerical strength of tribe for perpetual domination.
“We must embrace the concept of balanced governance and create a sense of belonging for everybody as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“We want to sound clearly that if the Benue South zone does not get the concession on rotation, we will not participate in the governorship election in 2015.”
The INF president said the decision was in protest against the deep rooted marginalisation the Idoma of Benue State had suffered since the creation of the state some 38 years ago.
In his presentation, the guest lecturer, Professor Tony Edoh, in a paper entitled, “Politics and Development in Nigeria: The Contributions of Minority Tribes and the Need for Political Power Balance,” lamented that politics of marginalisation and discrimination was the bane of development in Nigeria and Benue State in particular.