2019: Noah McDickson Admonishes Idoma People to Join APC
As political activities towards the 2019 general elections intensify, state chairmanship aspirant in the forthcoming convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue state, Mr. Noah McDickson has urged the people of the Benue South Senatorial District (zone “C”) to key into the ruling party to prevent marginalisation of the Zone.
By Oriri Peter
He admonished the people of the zone, predominantly occupied by the Idoma ethnic group, to shun political, ethnic and tribal sentiments, wake up from their slumber and take their destinies in their own hands.
The political heavyweight stated this in an exclusive interview with the publisher of Naija Voice News, Oriri Peter in Abuja.
Mr. McDickson regretted the loss of the position of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and other juicy political appointments by the Idoma-speaking area, attributing it to the perception of the area as an opposition stronghold and a minority, stating that ” we have no say until we key into it”.
According to him, being an ethnic minority, it would be politically suicidal for the Idoma people to remain in opposition politics.
“So what we are saying here, we should have a base and that base today, to me, to my own thinking is the APC; we must key into it. If we are a majority tribe in Benue, we can decide and say ‘okay, we don’t care after all,'” he concluded.
Going retrospective, he said apart from Hon. Adams Okloho who won his election into the State House of Assembly on the platform of the APC in 2015, all other elected leaders won on the platform of the opposition party. This, he said, is unhealthy for the Idoma race.
Thanking President Muhammad Buhari for considering two eminent sons of the state worthy of appointment as Minister of Agriculture and Senior Special Assistant on Disabilities, Mr. McDickson said it was reflective of the love the President had for the State and the Country.