The endorsement of Senator David Mark, for another term by selected politicians in Benue south senatorial zone, ahead of the 2015 general elections, has been greeted with opposition by a group under the aegis of the Concerned Idoma Democrats, CID.
In a statement issued yesterday in Makurdi, the state capital, by the President and Publicity Secretary of the CID, Mr. Sunday Ali and Comrade Dan Onda respectively, the group cautioned against the unpopular endorsement of aspirants.
They insisted that all aspirants should be given a level playing field to propagate their aspiration in the interest of fairness and equity.
The statement read, “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 council chairmen led by the Ogbadibo chairman, Mr. Sunday Ojo had no mandate of the Idoma people to do so. We reject the claim by Mr. Ojo that there is no worthy Idoma person for the senatorial position.
“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 creatin 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”, the group said.