Benue APC Guber Ticket: Herders group, Akume, Buhari’s men settle for Aondoakaa
By Thomas Lorkosu, Reporting for Nigerian Concord from Makurdi
Nigerian Concord Newspaper can authoritatively report that some powerful men in the Presidency, in conspiracy with the leader of APC in Benue State and Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, George Akume, have decided that the governorship ticket of All Progressives Congress, APC in Benue State should be given to the former Minister of Justice, Chief Mike Kaase Aondoakaa.
According to reliable sources within the Presidency, te reason for the development is for the state to have a governor with a vast legal knowledge that will enable him repeal the existing Anti Open Grazing Law without any legal implication.
Aondoakaa who hails from Ushongo local government area of Benue State was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation under the administration of late president Umaru Yar’Adua. He is remembered by Nigerians as the man who declared that the president could rule from any part of the world.
It was reliably gathered that Aondoakaa has found favour with the Fulani hierarchy and even the herders in the bush as the man who stood with their son (Yar’Adua) till the end. “They see in him as the only man who can protect the Fulani interests in Benue State” a source noted.
Another source told our report during an invesi that: “He, aondoakaa, is linked with the powerful family of the late Isa Funtua whose son is bankrolling his campaign with the willing support of the Managing Director of NEXIM Bank”
According to findings, Aondoakaa had already met several times with key Presidency figures and pledged his unalloyed loyalty with a promise to immediately repeal the anti-grazing law of Benue state to allow Fulani herdsmen and their cattle free passage to Benue lands.
To perfect the plan, Akume according to sources was reportedly summoned by top Presidency men with a task to ensure that Aondoakaa emerges the candidate of APC in Benue State for the 2023 election.
“The recent decision by Akume to zone the APC state chairmanship position to Zone C and particularly to former Deputy Governor, Steven Lawani’s area was therefore a tactical way of shutting the former deputy governor out of the race to pave way for Aondoakaa as directed by the Presidency.
” You know our leader (Akume) too wants to become the National Chairman of APC so he is prepared to sacrifice anything and betray anyone to get the position” another source within the Benue APC said.