John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Tension is mounting in the Benue state All Progressive Congress (APC), as fight for membership of the local government caretaker committees have intensified. It could be recalled that governor Samuel Ortom had shortly after resumption of office dissolved the caretaker committees set by his predecessor Gabriel Suswam, therefore creating vacancies at the third tier. THE UNION gathered while those interested in the local government plum job have intensify their lobby as they hold meetings with the party’s stakeholders to gain their favour, crisis have started mounting over who to head the various committees.
It was also gathered that the fight for membership of the caretaker committees is generating crisis as a result of conflict in interest by stakeholders in some local governments, which has resulted to protest and even outright confrontations. Just yesterday protesters from Buruku local government area besieged the Makurdi residence of the former Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, seeking the former governor to resolve crisis brewing in the area over caretaker committee chairman and commissioner nominee.
One week ago it was reported that a top official (name withheld) of the APC in the state led some group of political thugs to attack party chieftains during a meeting held at Monatel hotel in Makurdi, the State capital to resolve the issue of appointments in Ogbadibo. It was learnt that Chief Agada, the APC chairman in Ogbadibo and other party leaders had insisted that in the interest of justice and equity, it was the turn of Orokam District to produce the Caretaker Chairman, but the decision did not go down well with the said state official who argued that his candidate, was the best man for the job.