THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday paid a condolence visit to the government and people of Benue, over the recent killing by alleged herdsmen.
The opposition’s delegation led by its Deputy National Chairman, South, Mr Yemi Akinwunmi, was received by the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Michael Gusa, on behalf of the state Governor, Samuel Ortom, at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Makurdi.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan; National Youth Leader, Udo Okoye; and Deputy National Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Agbo, among others were also members of the delegation that visited the state.
“We are here to our show love and concern over the unfortunate incident that happened.
-We are not unmindful of the scarcity of food for the people that were forced to leave their homes at various places.
-We felt these relief materials will go a long way in solving the problems that they have not created for themselves, but by the situations that they found themselves.
-We want to enjoin you to help us commiserate with the families of the deceased. We pray that this type of ugly incident will not happen again.
-The politics of 21 century is different when your brother is mourning, you mourn with him. When he is rejoicing you rejoice with him.
-We are all Nigerians and we are all politicians. Politicians are one all over, be it in the North, South of the East,” Akinwunmi said.
He urged the state government to help in onward distribution of the relief materials to affected persons who were currently in two IDP camps within the state.
Akinwunmi had also urged the people of Benue state to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ready for the next election.
Items donated included 100 bags of local rice, 50 bags of beans, 30 bundles of mats and mattresses each; and 300 blankets and plastic buckets each.
Receiving the items, Gusa appreciated the PDP leadership for the show of love, saying the state government commended the kind gesture.
He said that the items would have been received by SEMA Executive Secretary, but he was attending to the IDPs.
-We assure you that these items would be judiciously utilised and transmitted to the affected persons”
He said that the government was doing it best to bring a permanent solution to the killings in the state.
The PDP Benue Chairman, Mr John Ngbede, commended the party leadership for the visit, describing it as a show of love and demonstration of what the party stood for.