The National Coordinator of Benue Rebirth Movement (BRM), AVM Monday Morgan (rtd), has solicited the support of indigenes of Benue South Senatorial District (Zone C) resident outside Benue State to support the organization’s campaign for power shift to the zone in 2023.
He was speaking on Wednesday, May 26, while addressing a meeting of the Idoma community resident in Jos on the sidelines of the Senate Public Hearing on the proposed alterations to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution held at the Plateau State capital. The meeting was attended by chairmen and representatives of most of the clans of Idoma nation in Jos under the umbrellas of Ochetoha K’Idoma and Idoma Community Development Association.
The National Coordinator who was accompanied by the BRM Secretary, Hon. Eche Ijiga and Media Relations Officer, Hon. Joseph Ode, briefed the Idoma community on the origin, composition and the objectives of BRM with specific reference to its campaign for zone C to produce the next Governor of Benue state in 2023. He said even though they were not resident in Benue state, they had a big role to play in the achievement of that objective, including provision of financial support, mobilization of their family members, friends and associates to key into the agitation, especially by going back to their villages to vote during elections.
In his address, Hon. Ijiga stressed the need for them and other Zone C people resident outside the state, who are qualified, to go home and register during the forthcoming continuous voter registration exercise. He urged those who are already registered to vote outside Benue state to transfer such registration to their village polling units, saying that would be the only way to reduce the demographic advantage of zones A and B over Zone C. He notified them of BRM’s plan to revisit Jos and other major cities in the country with large population of Zone C indigenes for more elaborate interactions.
Hon. Ode, on his part assured the meeting of the full participation of their Igede brothers in the BRM agitation, saying that as minorities who are more affected by the existing marginalization of Zone C, the Igede have a strong reason to join in the struggle for political empowerment of the zone.
Responding, Engr. Bartholomew Abiche, President, Idoma Community Development Association, Jos branch, welcomed the BRM team as well as its initiative on power shift. He promised to mobilize the Idoma community in Plateau state to support the BRM project financially and in other ways.
A similar meeting arranged for the Igede community in Jos, under the aegis of Omi Ny’Igede, Jos Branch, was put off till a later date due to time constraint.
Earlier at an informal post-Public Hearing meeting of Zone C participants, hosted by Mr. JohnMary Idoko, proprietor of Millennium Gardens, Jos, the BRM National Coordinator, AVM Morgan expressed concern that two separate memoranda, apart from BRM’s, were presented at the Public Hearing by two Idoma socio-cultural organizations, namely, Opiatoha K’Idoma and Ochetoha K’Idoma. He said such presentations could raise contradictory views that could give the outside world the impression of existence of division within the Idoma nation. He appealed to the two bodies to explore the possibility and modalities of fusing into a single organisation.
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