As Governor, I’ll Restore Benue Man’s Pride – Aondoakaa

By Denen AchussahFormer Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Federal, Chief Mike Kaase Aondoakaa, SAN, has said that the pride of every Benue man will be restored under his watch as Governor. He was addressing journalists at an interactive session at NUJ House Makurdi, the Benue State capital, when he made the assertion.
“If I have the support of my party and Benue people elect me as Governor, every Benue life will matter,” Aondoakaa said. It is his plan to stimulate reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the state for the purpose of getting the state out of its present quagmire. “To take care of its unemployed population, the state needs to interface with the federal government and ensure that our people get jobs.
“I will interface with the federal government and get those jobs that our people have not held before,” Aondoakaa said, arguing that there is no basis sitting back to cry marginalisation when other state governments are going out to lobby for their state indigenes to hold key positions.
More northerners are now considered for the office of Attorney General and Minister of Justice, since the APC man first made it in 2007 or it was an exclusive reserve of the south west.
Aondoakaa reckons that is because he never satt back to lament when he was there, insisting that “when Aondoakaa was there,” the people of the state got high paying jobs.
Joint account has no place under his would be administration because Aondoakaa does not need a super adviser. “I don’t want to have a super adviser to monitor the 23 LGAs. I will do away with joint account and create a functional ministry for Local Government and Rural Development. The danger of having a local government adviser is that you end up taking the role of the 23 LGAs,” Aondoakaa observed.
While asserting that nobody born of Benue will tinker with the Anti-Open Grazing Law, the 2023 APC Gubernatorial hopeful said his government will educate the people about the essence of the law and prosecute offenders according to penal provisions.
“We will elevate the issue of security. If security is our problem, why not have a ministry of internal affairs?,” Aondoakaa queries, saying, his government would provide state of the art security gadgets that will track criminals.
Aondoakaa, who is comfortable with direct primaries told journalists that the problem confronting the state requires somebody who has the knowledge to get the state out of the hook and it doesn’t matter where the man with the solution comes from.
“The office of the Governor is a creation of the Constitution. If you want to talk about Ya- Na angbian (zoning), go and talk about Tor Tiv stool, Tyoor, Ortar. Check the Tiv traditional law, is there governor in it?,” Aondoakaa tasked advocates of zoning, saying: “I am selling myself to the people of the state and if I do well, the people won’t talk about Ya na angbian; they will wish I should be there forever.”

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