Appeal Court Verdict: David Mark Calls For Calm

David Mark Senate President on PDPFormer Senate President, David Mark has called on his constituents to remain calm and be law abiding following the Benue State  Election Appeal Tribunal which ordered a re-run of Benue South senatorial election.

In a statement issued by the Media Assistant to Senator Mark, Paul Mumeh on Saturday, the Senator told his constituents not to be deterred by the verdict, but be strengthened ahead of the re-run.

He believed that he won the election convincingly and has no doubt that his constituents would turn out en masse to vote for him again.

“Whatever the situation may be, one thing I know is that my people are solidly behind me. They also appreciate the fact that I have done more than enough to lift up Idoma nation to a position of eminence in the contemporary political history of Nigeria”, Senator Mark stated.

He insisted: “I won the election clean and clear. If we go back to the polls 100 times, I will still win convincingly”.

Earlier on Saturday, the Appeal Court ordered a fresh election to Benue south Senatorial district won by Senator Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Music Legend, 2Face Idibia Turns 40

2FaceNigeria’s music legend, 2Face Innocent Ujah Idibia, has turned 40 on September 18.

With an enviable career and a source of inspiration to many, 2Face has churned out quality music contents and performances all over the world.

Born in Jos, Nigeria, Innocent Idibia attended Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School in Makurdi, Benue State.

He hails from the Idoma ethnic group in the southern part of Benue State.

2face enrolled at Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu (IMT), where he did his Preliminary National Diploma course in Business Administration and Management.

While attending IMT, he performed at school organised shows and parties, as well as other regional schools such as the University of Nigeria and Enugu State University of Science & Technology.

Innocent Idibia eventually dropped out to pursue his music career. While attending IMT, he started composing and singing jingles at the GB Fan Club at Enugu State Broadcasting Services (ESBS) in 1996. Also in 1996, he adopted the stage name “2Face” (Tuface).

In 2006, his song “African Queen” was used in the soundtrack for the film, Phat Girlz, which was released internationally.

2Face released a promotion album in 2008 called The Unstoppable, releasing the single “Enter the Place”. Problems with album distribution in 2007 caused a shift of the release date of the album from 2008 to early 2009.

In 2010, he released an “international edition” of the same album under the title; The Unstoppable International Edition, making him the first Nigerian artist to have an appropriately priced international album.

2face, however, released two more singles from the international version of his Unstoppable album.

The international edition of the album won two awards at the 2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards. He also won the Channel O Music Video Awards Best African Western award and the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Male and Artist of the year.

Residents Commend Yero For Constructing Major Link Road

ChikunResidents of Ungwar Sunday and Ungwar Yelwa communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have commended Governor Mukhtar Yero for constructing an access road linking up with the two communities which had been abandoned for many years.

They said the construction of the Halima junction road which was neglected for too long by previous administrations had enhanced the socio-economic development of the people of the area.

Speaking during a solidarity march on the repair of the road and in support of the governor’s re-election, the residents comprising of natives and non indigenes, pointed out that the construction of the road had given them a sense of belonging and had made life easier for them in Chikun.

They promised to support Governor Yero’s re-election bid and President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 and April 11 elections so they can continue with their good works.

The people of the community also solicited for the repair of the Ungwa Yelwa road and other dilapidated roads in their community.

Similarly, Governor Yero also received commendation from a coalition of youth groups from the southern part of Kaduna state for his plan to establish a University of Science and Technology in the zone and also providing infrastructural and human capital development across the state.

The youths at a news conference also promised to drum up support for the governor’s re-election in the forthcoming elections. They said that the governor has been able to complete some of the ongoing projects he inherited from his predecessor and therefore deserve another term to continue with the good work.

According to the 2006 census, Ungwar Sunday and Ungwar Yelwa communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, with a sizeable number of other tribes like Ibos, Igalas, Bwari, Idoma, Ikulus and Kataf, constituted more than half of the population in the local government.

Sadly, one major problem facing the residents is lack of good road network. The Halima junction road which linked the two communities had been a subject of concern for the people, thereby hampering their socio-economic activities over the years, especially during the rainy season.

However, reprieve came their way when the state Public Works Agency moved its machines to site and commenced work on the road. In less than three months, the once dilapidated road has become motorable, allowing for easy movement of persons.

Sam Ode Declares For Benue Governorship

Sam OdeFormer Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs and a governorship aspirant in Benue State, Dr. Sam Ode, has promised to fix the basic education sector challenges if elected Governor of Benue State.

While declaring his ambition to be governor come may 2015, Dr Sam Ode listed education, agriculture, cottage industries, health care and local government reforms as key sectors he would use to transform the state.

The governorship aspiration of Dr Sam Ode on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is considered favourable and capable of fixing the infrastructural and social needs of the state among the 18 aspirants seeking to replace Governor Gabriel Suswam.

This was evident as the former minister arrived the IBB Square for his formal declaration amidst rousing ovation from his supporters.

Leaders from the three senatorial zones of Benue State, Salem Astehe, Ioryue Yajir and Sunday Onehi, also brought endorsement messages from their people.

Political watchers say Dr Sam Ode is considered a bridge between the two most dominant tribes in Benue State, the Tiv and Idoma, hence the dominant support he seems to be enjoying.