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SENATE 2015: AMBASSADOR NEVKAR Ph.D SET TO DISLODGE AKUME -GROUP JOINS THE FRAY TO ADVOCATE CHANGE IN BATON

By JOHN AKEVI, EMMANUEL AKOSU, ASHIEKAA TERFA, MAKURDI
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The tenure of the Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Benue North-West Senatorial District, Senator Dr. George Akume may be set to be on the verge of extinct as a prominent contender for the Senatorial Zone, Ambassador Daniel Adzua Nevkar has declared the Senate seat solely as an exclusive of the Buruku people come 2015.

Senator Akume have held sway at the Senate since 2007 to date having been gracefully granted a loan for the seat by the Buruku people whose turn it was to benefit from the Benue North-West Senatorial slot based on the existing zoning factor. Ambassador Nevkar, however insisted that the incumbent Senator's time at the Red Chambers was up and Buruku people are set to retrieve their seat.

The message came just as another group acknowledged with strong followership across the seven Local Governments of the Senatorial zone, Tiv Youth Coalition For-Change (TYCC), recently declared their unflinching support for Ambassador Daniel Nevkar whom they described as the unmatched candidate suited for the forth coming Senatorial District contest.

Nevkar who decried the present position of the Tiv nation in the national realm of politics as unfortunate, blamed Senator Akume's sojourn into the opposition politics as politics of retrogression and underdevelopment. He recounted the ordeals the Tiv people have suffered from the politics of opposition over the years leading to neglect and absence of meaningful Federal presence on the people.

The University Don stressed that the Tiv nation were better off when their political sage, the Late J.S. Tarka realized his unprofitable parley with Western Nigeria and had to return to the then NPN when he recognized that the destiny of the Tiv nation was only realizable in the mainstream politics of the Nation.

“Tarka took us back to Egypt, we went as slaves to join the Yoruba's that is a minority, and being in the minority is very painful. People who are in the majority are self-sustaining, their economy is buoyant, and Federal presence is certain. J.S. Tarka, may his soul rest in peace, later realized it and came back, and we started benefitting from the fruits of being in the ruling or majority party. We had good patronage of that party, (NPN)”.

Ambassador Nevkar further hailed the Idoma nation's approach and active support for mainstream politics as spearheaded by Senate President David Mark whom he described as a pillar of development and growth to the Idoma land. He frowned at the Tiv displaced agenda of having no clear focus and meaningful leadership to clearly advance their course as exemplified in nations like the Idomas.

He therefore called on the Tiv nation to borrow a leaf from the Idoma. Philosophy in other to attract meaningful development to Benue State.

The aspiring Senator, who described himself as the champion of the Tiv course recounted the selfless sacrifice he, alongside his Late father Pastor Nevkar Num have made over time to improve the lot of the Tiv nation in religious, education and social circles.

He promised that if given the mandate the Tiv nation would consistently have a better bargain in the range of Federal Appointments, projects and nation relevance, which he claimed were difficult to obtain in an opposition party.

Meanwhile The Tiv Youth Coalition for Change (TYCC) a viable group in the Senatorial Zone have overwhelmingly declared their support for the Nevkar's Senatorial bid. The Leader of the group Comrade Douglas Nomiyugh and Secretary Harrison Kershio who spoke to our correspondent recently decried the underdeveloped of the zone due to opposition politics, which the incumbent Senator Akume has spearheaded in the last four years, thus denying them the supposed dividends of democracy and the required national presence in the zone.

The group described Ambassador Nevkar's candidature as a pointer to what was to come to the zone in terms of Federal employments, provision of basic amenities through effective representative, which they alluded has eroded the people over the years.