Former Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi and governorship aspirant in the forthcoming election in Benue State, Dr. Mathias Oyigeya has stated that the Idoma community must not wait until Apa State is created before it governs Benue State.
Oyigeya, an alumni of the University of Calabar, said he is ready to break the jinx of Idoma’s endless quest for governorship stool in Benue State after 38 years.
Apparently responding to a recent statement credited to Senate President and kinsman, David Mark where he told the Idomas to forget ruling Benue State in 2015, adding that that would only be possible if Apa State is created.
In a recent chat with DailyPost, the soft-spoken psychiatrist said with the support of the Idoma community, he could break the jinx come 2015.
Asked what the people should expect from him if given the opportunity to rule the food basket state in 2015, he said, “good governance, massive job creation, transformation, development and empowerment. The lists are endless. I have my manifesto. This Job creation can be made possible by granting loan to the graduates who are jobless to boast agricultural sector, loan like 10 milion naira to those that have enough land to set up standard agricultural or farm firm as case maybe to be monitored by the government so that it could generate employment and employ more youths and able bodies.
“I have a lot of good plans for my dear state if they can give me the opportunity in 2015.”
On the notion that Idoma cannot govern the state except Apa State is created, Oyigeya, who seems to be the favourite among the five contenders from the zone said, “I don’t think Sen. David Mark that I know very well could make such statement, because he was ever ready to see an Idoma man sitting in Benue government house as number one citizen.
“But even if at all he made such statement, then that was his own opinion. But I still doubt it. Why can’t we rule?
“All the contenders from Idoma nation are capable to rule Benue if given the opportunity? So, I see no reason why we should wait for the yet to be created Apa State. Benue State is for all of us.”
Five persons from the Idoma speaking part of Benue State have indicated interest in the number one seat.
They include, Ada Chenge, Paul Haris Ogbole, Steve Lawani (current deputy governor), Mathias Oyigeya as well former Niger Delta Minister, Sam Odeh.