Benue PDP faults exclusion of opposition in efforts to curb Fulani invasions

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Benue state chapter of the PDP this evening berated the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, for not including the party in the efforts to stop Fulani invasions in the state.

The party which said this in a press statement signed by Mr. Bemgba Iortyom,
its State Publicity Secretary, added that the governor’s continued exclusion of the opposition from efforts against Fulani would weaken Benue state.

The statement reads in parts: “Earlier today Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, convened a meeting of stakeholders in the state at Government House, Makurdi.

“The meeting was said to be in reaction to the latest spate of attacks on rural communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen which resulted in loss of dozens of lives and destruction of properties.

“And the aim as we should understand was to bring together citizens of the state towards forging a unified front against such breaches to the peace and security of the state”

However, the party said that the manner of selection of participants to the meeting by the Ortom government does not give the impression it is serious about bringing all hands on board at such a critical time.

The party pressed further that it is sad to note that the Ortom government did not consider the entire leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state as fit to be invited to participate at such a meeting.

“Yet it cannot be denied that the leadership of the PDP, being it the main opposition party in the state, qualifies by whatever standard to have been invited to the meeting

“The exclusion of the PDP leadership from today’s stakeholders meeting is coming on the heels of the exclusion of Hons. Kester Kyenge and Terseer Adzuu, respectively the representatives of Logo and Guma local government areas from the visit of Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, yesterday to convey President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence message.

“Hons. Kyenge and Adzuu, both of the PDP, are representatives of the affected local government areas, yet for reasons suspected to be their political party loyalty, they were not invited to the visit of the Interior Minister yesterday.

“By protocol standards, stakeholders consist in persons statutorily designated as such, as well as others who have attained to such standing by dint of their climb up the social ladder.

“But the Ortom regime appears to have a different view of who a stakeholder is in Benue State.

“While Gov. Ortom might have been excused in the past for his appetite for low and vindictive play of politics, it is now inexcusable and totally unacceptable that he should fail to make a necessary break with his past and bring together citizens of the state to present a unified front against the Fulani.

“Given the glaringly poor response of his regime to the Fulani menace so far, particularly during this latest spate of attacks, it is worrisome to see Gov. Ortom still manifesting low partisan exclusionist tendencies when he can scant afford this.

“This is a time for broad based inclusive statesmanship from the governor, if at all we will navigate our way from the hangman’s noose dangling over us as a people in the form of the Fulani invasion” the statement also reads.