…. says the rumors are baseless, unfounded
By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
The Senator representing Benue North West Senatorial District, Sen. Orker Jev has debunked the rumours making the rounds that he was planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Jev who dismissed this on Monday while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi stressed that he at no time contemplated dumping PDP for any political party.
”This is the first time I am hearing of this allegation. I read somewhere that Sen. Gabriel Suswam denied this same allegation. I did not know that I am also enveloped in it. It can best be described as noise and I do not know how to defend what I know is not true. .
”The allegation is baseless and unfounded. I even saw on social media that I and my governor have started fighting over who goes to the Senate after this four years.
”The people that initiated this baseless allegation will be disappointed at the end because our relationship will continue to wax stronger and stronger.
”I and the governor will continue to be close ally till the end of our tenure. All of us were given a mandate of four years and we have not taken it lightly but with all sense of responsibility.
”I will not bother myself about what happens at the end of our tenure. Instead we should be praying for long life and prosperity. This is more important than any other thing.
”People like throwing up controversies so that one will keep defending oneself,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government (FG) to ensure that the Benue land was secured and free from attacks to enable farmers to carry out their activities unhindered.
”If the land is not secure and safe for farming no matter the incentives given to the farmers it will amount to nothing. They will still not be going to their farms.
”I always get emotional whenever I am plying the Makurdi-Lafia road. I feel so bad because of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the various camps.
”This should not be so. Section 12 subsection 2 (b) of the 1999 Constitution as amended stated that the primary responsibility of any government is the welfare and security of the people and if the government does not do that it means it has failed.
”As legislators we do not control the security apparatus but we pass resolutions and alert them of the need to arrest situations. Resolutions are persuasive and do not have the enforcement of law.
”As a legislator I will continue to inform security agencies of situations they need to address,” he said.