Concerned APC Youths of Benue South senatorial district, Zone C APC Youths has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to disregard the negative comments from some disgruntled politicians over the nomination of Prof. Joseph Utsev as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Recall that Professor Utsev was one of the ministerial nominees and screened by the Senate on Monday.
Speaking, Comrade Opkokwu Ogenyi, National Convener of the Forum, a one time gubernatorial candidate in Benue state, had clarified the matter while addressing journalists in Abuja, Monday, that the earlier endorsement of Godday Samuel Adagboyi as the choice of the Idoma/Igede people of Benue South did not enjoy the blessings of the youths.
Stressing that even the incumbent Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, was not privy to the endorsement of Adagboyi, which they recalled was instigated by former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh.
According to Ogenyi, Zone C has produced two Senate Presidents, Federal Ministers, and heads of Agencies of government, including one of the older persons, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who sat for the Press conference against the choice of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Ministerial nominee.
Revealed that the first Federal Minister from the Benue axis in Nigeria is of Idoma extraction, in the person of Late Chief J. C Obande.
“We read with great dismay the press conference by some Idoma/Igede older persons, most of whom are not of the APC stock, people who never campaigned for the Party, some were even seen campaigning for other political parties and made statements on National television against the APC and voted against Presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“When it was time to unite the Idoma/Igede nation, one Johnson Inalegwu Agada, who was part of the 29th July press conference, led a group of Idoma/Igede people in the guise of G-9 and went round candidates of opposition parties, a sabotage that heavily reduced the collective votes of our party in Zone C.
Noted that some of the persons, including a former House of Representatives Member, Godday Samuel Adagboyi, lost his re-election bid on the hill of his indecisive nature of campaigning for his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“It was alleged that it was Godday Samuel Adagboyi who introduced Mr Peter Obi to Pastor Dr Paul Enenche, the reason why he refused to join the State Campaign team safe for his personal electioneering Campaign, which he printed all his campaign materials without the picture of the President, Vice Governor, or Senatorial Candidates of the APC. To the glory of God, he was the only House of Representatives candidate of APC who lost his election in Benue State.”
“The elders abandoned the campaign completely, most of them voted against the APC during the elections, and they are now the ones complaining about the appointment, ‘ he added.
Therefore urged the people to synergize during elections and work wholeheartedly for the interest of the party, APC.
“While we sincerely wish the Idoma/Igede nation is given the opportunity to produce a Federal Minister, which is still possible with the second batch of ministerial nominees, we expect the elders to congratulate the Benue State nominee just as the leader of the party, Sen George Akume did when Comrade Abba Moro was appointed Minister during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration with Sen. David Mark as Senate President. Both Mark and Abba are from zone c extraction.
“While passing a vote of confidence on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen George Akume.
“We appeal that the younger Idoma/Igede people who have worked for the party should be considered for Federal appointments as we are ably qualified for all available positions,’ the Convener of the group said.