Benue State Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu has called for support for Benue Rebirth Movement (BRM) and its objectives of midwifing the election of a person of Idoma extraction as the governor of Benue State in 2023.
He was speaking at the grand reception organised by the BRM in honour of the Vice-chancellor, Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, Prof. Innocent Ujah held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Engr. Abounu, who was the chairman at the occasion, called for unity among the people of Benue South Senatorial district. He enthused that with unity, the objectives of BRM would be realised given the support the agitation for power shift is receiving from the Tiv speaking area.
He disclosed that there is the feeling among the Tiv people that after the 5 Tiv Intermediate areas have tasted the governorship of the state, it was morally wrong to deny the Benue South people the chance to govern the state in 2023.
He commended the Benue Rebirth Movement led by AVM Monday Morgan (rtd), for providing the platform to work together and reach out to the Tiv peple in the pursuit of power shift to Benue South.
Four eminent Idoma sons, Sen. Dr. David Mark, Chief Audu Ogbe, Arc. Sonny Echono and Sen. Abba Moro were also honoured at the occasion, which was also used to launch a N2b Development appeal fund.
Elder statesman and former permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Chief Mike Okibe Onoja, who was the Chief launcher praised the idea behind BRM and called on all hands to be on deck to realise the idea of a Benue governor of Zone C extraction in 2023.
The National Coordinator, BRM, AVM Monday Morgan said the event was put together to cement and honour hardwork and industry among the Benue South people, and to raise needed funds for special development projects in the zone.,
He said BRM is a child of necessity, formed to promote unity, peace, socio political growth and development of Benue State. He disclosed that the group has reached out to prominent Tiv people, seeking their understanding and support.
The Chief celebrant, Prof. Ujah, who is the President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) thanked the BRM for the honour done him and called for support from the people to make the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo a first class institution, it is meant to be.
Among the dignitaries that attended the event were Chief Steven Lawani, Gen. Chris Garuba, AVM Toni Adokwu, Prof. John Idoko, Dr. Isaac Egboja, Chief Michael Kaase Aondokaa, SAN, Hon. David Iorhemba, Hon. Dr. Sam Ode, Chief Sylvester Ameh, Engr. Agaba Ikwue, Engr. Morgan Okwoche, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, Barr. Harris Ogbole, SAN, members of the national and state Assembly, top politicians, and many others.