A Senate aspirant in Benue North-East senatorial district of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Andrew Ayabam, has said if elected in 2015, he will seek answers to what he calls the “heartless and senseless military invasion of Zaki Biam” in 2000.
Ayabam, who said this at a news conference in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, while making a public declaration to run for the Senate seat, added that the APC would coast to victory in the state and Nigeria in 2015.
He said, “I seek to go to the centre to engage Nigeria on why my people could be so pitilessly neglected, marginalised and indeed dehumanised.
“I will seek answers to all issues of our marginalisation, including why Nigeria has neither found it worthy to apologise nor compensate us for the heartless and senseless military invasion of Zaki Biam, where hundreds of our people were killed and scores of villages destroyed.
“For us, we are in Nigeria to stay. We have no other country to call our own; we must certainly remain here to salvage Nigeria. However, we will not allow our people to be used as Guinea pigs in senseless military invasions and meaningless experimentation in the art of political deprivation.”
The former revenue boss in the state under Governor Gabriel Suswam maintained that he had all it takes to defeat either Chief Barnabas Gemade or Suswam that might emerge the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the Senate contest.
He said, “In that conviction, I also realised that the only way to rescue my people and indeed Nigeria is to team up with progressives and all men of conscience to chase out the PDP.”
Ayabam, who regretted that despite the contributions of the senatorial district to the development of the country, it still lacked federal presence.