Benue South: PDP aspirant pledges to implement zoning

July 15th, 2018

From Austine Tule, Makurdi

A frontline senatorial aspirant for Benue South Senatorial district on the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Joe Ojobo, has pledged to make rotational representation the cardinal focus of his legislative duties at the red chambers if elected to re[place former Senate President, David Mark.

Ojobo said he will push for a constitutional provision that would make the position of governorship to be rotated among the three senatorial zones in the State.

Ojobo is currently a ranking member of the Benue State House of Assembly and represents Ogbadibo State Constituency.

He told the AUTHORITY in Otukpo, the headquarters of the senatorial zone exclusively at the weekend that such a provision will go a long way in ensuring fairness as all the zones will be availed a sense of belonging, especially as it affects the office of the Governor of a State.

The parliamentarian expressed concern that since the creation of the State, Benue South has not been allowed a shot at the State house, stressing that the situation was same in other states of the federation where a certain group of people had found themselves in the minority saying it was highly undemocratic.

The three time Deputy Chairman of Ogbadibo Local Government opined that for the democratic process to have the desired impact, all segments of the society must be availed equal opportunities in the process of leadership recruitment, noting that the capacity to govern does not necessarily lie in a majority group within a given geographical arrangement.

Ojobo who is seeking to replace Senator David Mark come 2019 also informed that if given the mandate, he was going to strive hard to consolidate on the achievements already recorded by Sen Mark, adding that he would concentrate on issues such as youth and women empowerment while the attraction of basic social amenities will also be given a top priority.

“As one who has been privileged to serve both at the Local Government and now at the State level., I think I am well equipped with the complexities in the zone and having also been very close to my mentor, Sen. David Mark, I strongly believe I am well positioned to fit into the very large shoes that he will be leaving come 2019, with a lot of energy to consolidate on his numerous achievements.”

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