Benue State’s 2023 governance contest is getting hotter and hotter. According to the findings of Grassroots Africa, a local state newspaper, three political blocs are suing to choose the coveted seat, when Governor Samuel Ortom graciously steps down in tandem with the Nigerian constitution.
The results indicated that while parts of the northeastern Senate district of Benue; Kwande and Jachira hang around and claim the siege, the Kwande bloc is arguing that the emergence of Ortom de Minda marked the completion of the virtuous cycles and therefore, in their opinion, the return of the siege to them.
The state’s first civilian governor, the late Appolos Aper Aku, elected governor in 1979 and re-elected in 1983, was from the Kwande axis.
On the contrary, the Jechira are of the opinion that the tenure of their son (Moses Orshior Adasu) was truncated by the military administration when General Sani Abacha sacked the interim administration of Chief Ernest Shonekan, so they should be allowed to produce the next chief executive for the state.
With Adasu being the main basis for Jechira’s claim to the seat, they refer to the same scenario replicated in other states such as Taraba, Kogi, Yobe and a host of others claiming that Jechira is graciously allowed to shoot in a spirit of d ‘equity.
On the other hand, the South Benue Senate District, otherwise known as Zone C, comprising mainly Idoma and Igede ethnic tribes, argued that although they are minorities, they should also have a feeling of belonging from their Tiv Majority ethnic tribe in the State by granting them the post for the first time since the creation of the State in 1976, in a spirit of brotherhood.
Grassroots Africa investigations have revealed that although it remains uncertain at this time which of the blocs will produce the state’s next governor, there appears to be increasing pressure on Governor Samuel Ortom’s chief press secretary Terver. Akase, to get into the converted seat. .
The results indicate that those who want him to join the race see him as a devoted servant who they believe has served the governor well and should be allowed to step into his boss’s shoes.
This group primarily includes young people, the elderly and other stakeholders critical of the state who believe in the adage that “a little boy who washes his hands properly is allowed to dine with elders”. This school of thought believes that Terver Akase has prepared very well to succeed his boss in 2023.
Born over 4 decades ago, Akase, a graduate in mass communication from the prestigious Benue State University, worked at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria before being appointed Senior Special Assistant to the Governor. He was later brought up because of his selfless service as the chief press secretary. He is loved by young people regardless of party differences. They believe it has the potential to enhance the existing efforts of former governors.
Confirming this position, APC Acting Advertising Secretary James Ornguga has this to say about Akase.
“If all men had your kind of heart, the world would be a better place.
“You have been very reliable, caring and supportive throughout the time that I have worked with you.
“You see life beyond today and that’s what makes you truly unique.”
“Although the political barricade stands between us right now, you really are a boss.
“Happy Birthday, Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue State.” Ornguga had posted.
“Akase’s professionalism in his work has always prevailed. As the media manager at Ortom, he always responds to issues with merit, kindness and respect, as he hardly insults people while trying to clear things up. I think Terver Akase believes in tomorrow and life after Ortom in government. Someone mentioned him.
Grassroots Africa surveys have observed that Akase has always supported projects aimed at young people, especially those which are innovative and creative, which lead and encourage young people in their fields of activity, art, writing, publishing and fame; like celebrities on reality shows.
Recently, he ensured that the best graduate students at the University of Calabar were immediately hired by the Benue State government as a reward for their hard work.
As someone who also engages in humanitarian activities, Akase paid rents, helped young people when they were sick or lost parents, also supporting their businesses once his attention was drawn to these issues.
The former president of the Rivers State Correspondence Chapel has also reportedly repeatedly sponsored football tournaments in his constituency and supported those who won as well as other participants. Such tournaments, he said, have greatly reduced social vices in his community.
Although he has yet to go public with his ambition to rule, Akase, who represents the younger generation, is seen as a bridging agent between the older and younger generation of Benue politicians.
His ambition, rumored to be, continued to receive acceptance and publicity, especially among young people, at some point he could succumb to the pressure and run in the 2023 gubernatorial election.
Political observers are of the opinion that if he throws in the towel, he will make an impressive candidate because of his good relations with many social fractions of the state; the old, the young, despite their political affiliations, arousing his favor among the actors of the Ortom government who see him as the right choice to succeed his boss.
Akase, originally from Agbeede, is from the Jechira political bloc, one of the blocs claiming the seat of governor of Benue.