A former Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice who seeks to govern Benue State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Michael Kaase Aondoakaa, has described the ways in which he s would tackle the crisis of farmers and ranchers in the state. if he receives the mandate in 2023.
Aondoakaa, a lawyer, gave the hint when fielding questions from Makurdi reporters at the APC secretariat over the weekend after declaring his intention for the party to contest the 2023 gubernatorial race in the Benue State.
“I tell people what I will do right. First, I say in six months the IDP camps will be closed and people will be provided with food, seeds and a 100,000 naira token per family to return and start their lives. And I will use the money used for food in the IDP camps to strengthen security in the environment.
“I will also ensure that the cattle wardens work in harmony with other state security officers to ensure that if there is a breach by a group of people, whether they be herdsmen, in a farmer’s farm, the dispute will be settled on the spot.
“If you have destroyed the farmer’s property, you pay on the spot. It is not about bringing the cattle guards to arrest the person in Makurdi and the farmer is left there and there will be retaliation. It will be a win-win situation, the farmer wins and everyone wins,” he said.
“I am here to declare my intention to run for Governor of Benue State on the APC ticket, I have given them (the party) my mission statement.”
Aondoakaa also debunked the issue of his alleged ban from public office, saying it was all political, although he stressed that he was challenging political office and not public office and described all the rumors as aimed at to tarnish its image like debating.
“They said that but they never quoted the part that says I was banned,” he said.