The G-9 Benue South Progressives Forum leadership announced on Tuesday that some of its members who had been appointed to the state’s All Progressives Congress, (APC) Governorship Campaign Council have declined the position.
The G-9 Benue South made the decision to “maintain the sanctity of their ideological conviction and commitment to defending the dignity of the Idoma nation,” according to a statement released by its publicity secretary, Akor Ikwuoche.
Nevertheless, the group insisted that the development does not imply that they have retracted their public backing for the APC and its aspirants in the upcoming elections.
“We consider it immoral to accept any appointment under the current state leadership which has no respect for APC stakeholders in Idoma nation when it comes to running the State affairs,” the statement reads.
In the statement, the G-9 has repeatedly urged the party’s state leadership, which is dominated by the Tiv, to let the Idoma people make their own political decisions without interference from the Tiv leaders.
However, the state party leadership ignored the G-9’s demands.
The statement continued, “It will therefore amount to greater insult on the Idoma people if Idoma leaders accept responsibility under a leadership that does not accord the Idoma people any iota of dignity or fair share.”
“Accordingly, all the underlisted members of G-9 who were recently appointed into the APC governorship Campaign Council in Benue state have, by this correspondence, rejected their appointments and have withdrawn their membership of the Campaign Council.”