Hundreds of supporters receive Akase as he resigns to face guber ambition
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Hundreds of supporters made up of youths, elders, women, okada men, bus drivers, party members and students yesterday trooped to the popular JS Tarka Foundation in Makurdi to receive the immediate past Chief Press Secretary to Benue State Governor, Terver Akase who resigned to commence his governorship campaign.
Mr Akase yesterday tendered his letter of resignation to the Governor and addressed the press before proceeding to Tarka Foundation where he was received by the jubilant crowd of supporters.
The various groups who had thronged the venue of the reception as early as 9 o’clock in the morning, took turns to shower praises on Akase for demonstrating courage by joining the governorship race.
Speaking on behalf of the political class, former House of Representatives candidate in Makurdi/Federal Constituency, Conrad Terhide Utaan, described Akase as an intelligent and determined young man who has the capacity to succeed as Governor of Benue State.
Utaan said Akase’s guber ambition is Benue peoples project because he represents all segments of the state especially the ordinary people as one who rose from humble beginnings to be where he is today.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the former spokesman for the Governor to give priority to the issue of security and build on the successes of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law initiated and implemented by Governor Samuel Ortom.
Speaking on behalf of students, the President of West African Students Union, comrade Romans Pillah who is also from Benue State, said the students of had decided to endorse the guber ambition of Terver Akase because of his constant support for the youths and his capacity in diligently carrying out all assignments given to him.
The students said they had taken their stand based on the fact that Akase has proven to be a man who loves humanity and treats everyone who comes to him equally devoid of ethnic, political or religious sentiments.
The students presented a customized flag to the guber hopeful and urged him to go and win the race in 2023.
Another speaker at the event was a nollywood actress, Miss Dooshima Ochepo who spoke on behalf of Benue youths in diaspora, saying that Akase is a man with proven integrity and track record for success. She said youths of the state will unanimously stand for Akase, a man they know and trust.
Others who added their voices to the avalanche of eulogies on the governorship aspirant were Ogwuche Imoha and Lubem Terkula. They also said Akase is the man for the job.
The reception was also attended by women groups from different parts of the state and party elders among who were former Chairman of Konshisha local government area, Hon Omo Lele, retired permanent secretary, Akaagerger Iber and the current Deputy Chairman of Agatu local government area, John Ikwulono.