The Tiv of Benue State have agreed to cede the governorship to the Idoma in 2015, but with a condition.
Since the state’s creation 35 years ago, the Idoma of Benue South Senatorial District have never produced the governor.
At a meeting in the Makurdi home of the Zone C Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus Chairman, Gen. Geoffrey Ejiga, the Tiv agreed to cede power to Benue South.
But they requested to meet with Senate President David Mark for assurance that the Tiv would not be marginalised when an Idoma man becomes governor.
The meeting was attended by PDP elders in the three senatorial zones.
A source at the meeting, who crave for anonymity, said the Tiv expressed concern that when they were attacked by the Fulani, Idoma did not sympathise with them or condemn the attack.
The source said: “The Tiv said if a Tiv man was not the governor when the Fulani attacked them, they would have been wiped out of existence. They accused Mark of cornering federal appointments and recruitment into the Navy, Army, Police and other federal agencies for his kinsmen and said they are not prepared to let go the governorship position because it is only the position they can boast of in the political scene.”
They later agreed to concede the seat if Mark assures them that they would not be neglected.
They agreed with Idoma stakeholders that Deputy Governor Steven Lawani and the former Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, Dr Mathias Oyigeya, were the most qualified from Benue South.
The meeting was inconclusive and adjourned. Mark will be briefed on their position.