In this interview with JOHN CHARLES, the lawmaker, representing the Benue North-West senatorial district, Senator Orker Jev, speaks about the six-week ultimatum the opposition Senators gave the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to tackle insecurity in the country and other issues
In the build up to the 2023 general elections, you declined to seek re-election, which paved the way for Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, to emerge as senatorial candidate unopposed. Were you afraid of the governor?
In fairness, let me say I am one of the luckiest politicians around. I have won five elections in my life. The first was my election into the state Assembly during the late General Sanni Abacha’s transition; we were not inaugurated but I won the election. Then, I won election thrice to the House of Representatives and now the Senate, making it five times.
So I count myself very lucky because I know how some people struggled to win one election and never got to win it.
If you understand the political landscape of Benue State, we emphasised fairness.
In our local parlance, it is known as ‘eat and give your brother’.
So, in the Benue North West, known as Zone B, there are two geo-political zones; the Jemgba and Minda axis.
So, in my estimation and the way I do my own things, I think it is unfair to say I want to continue. Though some politicians may insist on continuing until they are eased out, I don’t want my own case to be like…
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