By Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
A group known as Benue Patriotic Front, BPF has urged
Nigerians to disergard the evil position by Benue Progressives Forum for Good Governance alleging that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF is already nursing Presidency in 2027.
It should be noted that the Benue Progressives Forum had at a press conference in Makurdi, accused the SGF of organizing a reception attended by elders and leaders of North Central as part of plot to launch his 2027 Presidential ambition.
Replying the group,Benue Patriotic Front in a statement signed by its Secretary Tarnongu Aku described their claims as a ‘diversionary tactics’ to save their sponsors from the shame of defeat in the last election, maintaining that these are antics of old political hawks who after several decades in politics have found nothing worth standing for.
Benue Progressives Forum further said they seek to perch from the top of every mountain of glory without first learning the path of achieving glorious feat averring that such people should be disregarded in our genuine quest for a greater nation.
“The views expressed in the Press Conference are familiar on the Benue Streets. They belong to a group suffering from perpetual pain of not just the continuous reward of Akume’s sincerity, consistency, humility, loyalty, and love of country, but the wild spontaneous jubilation across all sections and sentiments in the country that greeted his appointment as Secretary to the Government of the Federation by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Saying that the SGF in nursing a presidential ambition in 2027 is a desperate absurdity that is not even worth the space of a National Daily as availed the group. It is not even worth a reply but we wish to state for the unsuspecting members of the public who may fall prey of the modified antics of sectional and religious politicians in Benue State that His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not only deliver excellently on his campaign promises to Nigerians but will always take the lead in Benue and other north central states should he answer the call by Nigerians to continue his good works beyond 2027!
“We like to reiterate the fact that Senator Akume has offered the platform for the greater number of people to realize their dreams in Benue State. It is not by accident that several years after leaving government house Makurdi, all the succeeding governors in the state are produced on his platform. This is a kind of grace that envy, malice, and desperation can not achieve. Those who seek quality and result-oriented leaders in Benue state need not search the pages of newspapers, there are records and antecedents which no amount of blackmail can erase. Akume’s political sagacity remain solid in the sand of time.
“It is a known fact that Akume’s house remains a typical Nigerian setting where people from all sentiments in the country come to live their dreams. We urge others to instead of promoting cheap narratives against him to rather learn to borrow a leaf from his selfless lifestyle.
“We call on the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime to extricate himself from direct blames over the continuous attacks on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation using his office and security of his tenure as helms man of the Shippers Council. More than any other person, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime knows that appointments to executive heads of federal agencies are done by the President. The continuous silence maintained by Emmanuel Jime in the face of attacks on the SGF using his office smacks mischief and a lot of complicity.
Senator Akume can not and should not be made to pay for the political decisions of others. The man has always carried his own cross politically. Those who aspire to political leadership must learn to take responsibility for their actions or inactions and not to scapegoat others.
To those who have offered themselves to be used as agents of destabilization and carriers of evil tales around Benue and the North Central, we urge them to abandon their evil path and take advantage of Senator Akume’s olive branch, and the inclusive leadership style being championed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu where excellence and not blackmail/falsehood are the major qualification”,the statement said.