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Middle Belt seeks to be part of next Lagos administration

Posted: Apr 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos

Ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections, Chairman of the Middle Belt Traditional Council (MBTC) in the South West Nigeria, Amb. Ochi Emmanuel Ode, has explained that the planned town hall meetings with Jimi Agbaje the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, and Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are to ensure that people from the area are represented in the next administration of Lagos State

A statement issued by the council’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abubakar Agene, made available to Daily Independent on Thursday, said the meetings will hold between Thursday and Friday.

Ode, the Ojikpururu 1 of Ibilla, Oju, Benue State, said the meetings are in recognition of the fact that non-indigenes and royal fathers are the last hope for the successful conduct of the governorship election in the South West, especially Lagos State.

Although the venue and time of the meetings were not stated, Ode assured that they will surely meet with both candidates before the Saturday election.

The statement stressed that the outcome of the meetings may determine the candidate who will get the bloc votes of Middle Belt indigenes come Saturday.

MBTC comprises all traditional chiefs, chairmen, presidents of the Middle Belt ethnic nationalities in the South West, including representatives of women and youth groups.

Ochi listed the primary aims and objectives of the institution, which he said is apolitical, to include, among other things, the unity of all the Middle Belt sons and daughters, seeking recognition for the region in the country, being its mouthpiece and attracting development to the region.

The ethnic nationalities in the composition of the MBTC include Igede, Idoma, Igala, Etulo, Tiv, Rindere, Ngas, Eggon, Zagon Katarf, Alogo, Berom, Mada, Izere, Ibira, among others