<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
The umbrella organization for people from the Kwande geo-political axis of Benue State today canvassed that it was the turn of the people from the area to occupy the Tor Tiv stool in the current dispensation.
President-General of the Kwande United Peoples Organization, KWUPO, Dr. Terkula Tarnande, made the case during a visit to Governor Samuel Ortom, at the Benue Peoples House.
The delegation which he led included traditional rulers from Kwande and Ushongo local government areas, member of the House of Representatives for Kwande Federal Constituency, Mr. Benjamin Wayo, and Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange.
Others on the delegation were the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Terwase Orbunde, Water Resources and Environment Commissioner, Engr. Nicholas Wende, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, All Progressives Congress, APC, state secretary, Mr. Onov Tyuulugh, academics, captains of industry, the political class, and people from all walks of life.
Dr. Tarnande stated that of the five intermediate areas in Tiv land it was only Kwande that was yet to produce a Tor Tiv.
He argued that on two occasions, two prominent Kwande sons, the late Bendega Ukpada and Asema Yua, came close to occupying the seat but never made it hence it behooved the Tiv nation to address the injustice done to the people of the area by conceding the stool to them this time.
Second class traditional rulers of Kwande and Ushongo, Chiefs Hilary Ikima, and Ambrose Iyortyer, associated themselves with the President-General’s submission.
The delegation had expressed appreciation to Governor Ortom for introducing the amnesty program, giving appointment to people from the area and for according the late Tor Tiv a befitting burial.
It brought various foodstuffs, several live cows, and also dressed the Governor in traditional regalia.
In his response, Governor Ortom commended Kwande people for standing by the truth always adding that they were the first to support the position that the current governorship seat should be given to Minda people.
He urged king makers to ensure that they abide by the truth in selecting the next Tor Tiv based on the zoning formula of the people and appealed that all efforts must be made to avoid clashes between farmers and herders pointing out that the ultimate solution remained the establishment of ranches.
The Governor said he would forward a proposed amendment of the Tor Tiv law to the House of Assembly for consideration to pave way for the appointment of First Class Chiefs and substantive second class chiefs who would participate in the selection of the next Tor Tiv.