Tiv elders deny ceding gov slot to Idoma

Elders of Tiv in Benue State have described as misleading reports that they had agreed to cede the state’s governorship position to the Idoma in the 2015 election.

It was earlier reported a group of Tiv elders in an inconclusive meeting gave some conditions for handing over power to Benue South senatorial zone but these claims were outrightly refuted. After their emergency meeting in Gboko, Gboko Local Government Area, the traditional headquarter of the Tiv nation, the elders maintained that the gathering was in protest and disagreement with the said reports.

Leader of the elders, chief Iorapuu Amire, declared that at no time did the elders in Tiv land ceded the governorship position to the Idoma.

Amire said, “As an elder in the Benue politics and the affairs of Tiv nation, I can assure you that we cannot and have not planned ceding the governorship position come 2015 to Idoma or any other tribe in the state.”

He added that the issue of the governorship of the state in the coming general elections had been resolved and zoned to Minda area of the state.

“Those who are genuine politicians in Benue and Idoma are aware of the zoning arrangement, which clearly shows the Idoma as getting the deputy governorship,” he stated.

He maintained that politics was a game of number, which gives “the Tiv the double edge over other tribes in the state.”

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