From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
A group known as Concerned Idoma Democrats (CID) has condemned the endorsement of Senate President Sen. David Mark for another term at the Senate by selected politicians in Benue South Senatorial district.
The group which made the condemnation in a press statement issued in Makurdi and signed by its President and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Sunday Ali and Comrade Dan Onda respectively, cautioned against the unpopular endorsement of aspirants.
They posited that all aspirants should be given level playing field to propagate their aspiration in the interest of fairness and equity.
“We caution against undue endorsement of aspirants without recourse to the generality of the people who are the ultimate deciders of those who represent them at any level of governance.
“In the light of the above, we condemn the purported endorsement of Senator David Mark by some Council Chairmen in Benue South Senatorial District”, the statement read in part.
CID noted that the 9 council chairmen that make up the district led by the Ogbadibo chairman, Mr. Sunday Ojo had no mandate of the Idoma people to endorse Sen. Mark, lambasting him for saying that there is no worthy Idoma person for the senatorial seat.
“The senatorial position is for the Idoma people and not an exclusive preserve of any individual. All aspirants should be given equal opportunity to exercise their right to represent the Idoma people at the senate.
“The Idoma people will decide who represents them at the Senate as against the few self-serving politicians.
“We also, urge those using Apa State creation as a campaign strategy to stop forthwith, because the issue of state creation is beyond any individual and therefore should not be used to score a cheap popularity as was the case in the past.”