By Ajogwu Jerry
As the 2019 general elections approach, political aspirants vying for any elective office in Benue state have been tasked to be committed to back the state’s anti-open grazing law.
Punch reports that the three major socio-cultural groups in the state, Mzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Ominyi’Igede, made this resolve on Friday, September 21.
The president general, Mdzough U Tiv, Edward Ujege, who spoke on behalf of the groups, said aspirants must come before them and profess their commitment to the anti-open grazing law.
He said: “We started the Anti-open Grazing Law and we must protect it to the letter; therefore, nobody will vote any politician into office unless such a person is ready to protect the law.”
The president general also advised politicians against resolving to violence during the 2019 general elections.
“All we are seeking is for absolute peace to prevail in the state during and after the 2019 general elections. We have suffered for too long in the state. We do not want anything short of peace in Benue now and forever.
“Politicians should caution their overzealous followers against fomenting trouble. We have advised traditional rulers as well to caution their subjects who are into politics against fomenting trouble as they go about their campaigns.”
In his own remark, the president general of the Idoma socio-cultural group, Amali Amali, said: “Any aspirant that will not make that commitment will not enjoy our support and such a person does not have the state at heart.
“We believe in the law and stand by it. Anybody that does not believe in it is working against the state. We commend the state assembly, Governor Samuel Ortom, Gabriel Suswam and other stakeholders for their commitment to the law.
“We advise all and sundry to collect their permanent voter cards in order to vote candidates of their choice during the 2019 elections.”