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Benue: Jime, APC Drag Gov Ortom To Election Tribunal, Seek To Upturn Victory. (Image Courtesy: The Sun Nigeria)

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Benue: Ortom’s PDP Files Defence At Tribunal

The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a defence in respect of its victory in the just concluded 2019 governorship election in the state at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi.

Concise News reports that the defence according to the state publicity secretary of the party, Bemgba Iortyom is sequel to the petition filed by Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Governor-elect Samuel Ortom.

Jime, and his party, the APC had filed a petition at the tribunal alleging irregularities in the polls. This online news medium gathered that Jime and APC had petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Samuel Ortom and PDP as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.

Filing the PDP defence yesterday at the tribunal, counsel to the party, C.T. Mue, expresses optimism that his client’s victory at the election will be upheld by the tribunal.

According to the publicity secretary of the PDP, the governor-elect’s legal defence team is headed by Chris Uche, SAN and includes Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, Emeka Okoro, Agbo Johnson Madaki, P.S. Abaagu, T.T. Hyundu, C.T. Mue, Nathans Gwebe, T.D. Sorkaa and Raphael Gabriel Okplogidi.

Others on the team include John Tyokegh, T.T. Igba, M.L. Ianna, Chris Alechenu, M.T. Nyiutsa, Donald Ierkwagh, Mercy Tule, Owulo Omenka Owulo, I.S. Kajo, J.K. Ishember, J.I. Ioryina, C.A. Gbehe, Terwase Gbasha and S.A. Udaga, among several others.

Benue: FG Targets 23, 000 Farmers For Agric Inputs

The Federal Government, under its National Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund, is targeting at least 23,000 farmers in Benue State.

Concise News reports that those to benefit from the agricultural inputs are either persons affected by the 2018 flood or by the farmers/herders conflicts.

A deputy director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Martins Ejike, who led the agency’s team to Benue on behalf of its Director-General, Mustapha Maihaja, told newsmen yesterday in Makurdi that the Fund was initiated as a palliative for affected farmers in the two emergency areas.

He says the government’s intervention programme in the agricultural sector would address the two categories of farmers affected to give them a sense of belonging.

Agriculture forms the backbone of the Benue State economy, engaging more than 70 per cent of the working population.

This has made Benue the major source of food production in the Nation. It can still be developed because most of the modern techniques are not yet popular to 98% of Nigeria. Mechanization and plantation agriculture/agroforestry is still at its infancy.

Farm inputs such as fertilizers, improved seed, insecticides and other foreign methods are being increasingly used.

However, cost and availability is still a challenge. Important cash crops include soybeans, rice, peanuts, mango varieties, citrus, etc.

Other cash crops include palm oil, melon, African pear, chilli pepper, tomatoes etc.

Food crops include Yam, Cassava, Sweet potato, Beans, Maize, Millet, Guinea corn, Vegetables etc. There is very little irrigation agriculture and techniques.

Animal production includes Cattle, Pork, Poultry and Goat but no dairy and dairy products yet.

20 Years In Senate: David Mark Embarks On ‘Thank You’ Visit To Benue South

A former Senate President David Mark has started a six days tour of Benue South following his 20-year stay in the legislative house, Concise News reports.

This online news medium understands that Mark was elected Senator to represent Benue South District in five consecutive polls in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This tour is to thank the people for giving him the opportunity to serve them as a Senator.

According to a statement, the former Senate President will meet the traditional rulers, politicians across party lines and all stakeholders in the nine local government areas of the senatorial zone.

Also, Mark and his successor Abba Moro will flag off the tour from Agatu local government area and head to Apa Local government council on Tuesday.

This is in addition to the team visiting Ado and Okpokwu local governments on Wednesday and Oju and Obi local governments on Thursday.

And on Friday, he will move to Ogbadibo and Ohimini local government areas with the grand finale taking place in Otukpo local government on Saturday.

The climax of the tour will be a thanksgiving Church service on Sunday, May 12, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Otukpo with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State as the Special Guest of Honour.

And that is the roundup of the latest Benue State news for today on Concise News. More Nigerian and Benue news are on the website!