OrderPaperToday- Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has charged the Idoma people of Benue State to stand up in defence of the honour, pride and dignity of Idoma nation and return David Mark in the forthcoming rerun election.

Dickson made this call at the weekend while addressing the Council of Elders and Chiefs at the Och’Otukpa’s Palace in Ogbadibo Local Government Area.

He said: “I am one of you. Many of your sons and daughters are part of what I am doing in Bayelsa State.  I have Idoma people as Special Advisers, Aides, down to my domestic staff, unto whom I entrust my life. So, I am an Idoma man and whatever affects Idoma people affects me.

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“I shall be back before the rerun election and I want you to know that, this is time, when Idoma nation has to stand for itself! All of us in Nigeria are looking up to the good and powerful people of Benue South Senatorial District in this rerun election.

“We want the people of Idoma to again, do what we did in Bayelsa State. Let Idoma people take their collective destiny in their own hands. Recently in Bayelsa, we resisted imposition from outside. We didn’t allow somebody from Abuja, Lagos or elsewhere to come and determine who leads us in our land. We did it in Bayelsa State and I’m sure Idoma people can do it here.”

The Governor prayed for unity amongst the people to ward off external influencers who could take advantage of the Idoma.

“This is not the time to wage war against ourselves. This is the time to protect the pride and dignity and honour of Idoma nation. Whatever it will take, I shall come back to assist people like Comrade Abba Moro and others in educating the people on how to defend their land, politically.

“I am an Idoma man and whatever touches Idoma people touches me. I have no doubt that the good people of Idoma would return Senator David Mark in the rerun election”.

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