Tiv group dissociates self from attacks on Sule’s aide 

The Tiv Development Association (TIDA), an umbrella body of the Tiv people of Nasarawa state, read with serious concern, a malicious publication designed to blackmail and bring Peter Ahemba, immediate past president of the association and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Public Affairs to Governor Abdullahi A. Sule, down.

TIDA said “the sponsored media attacks on the SSA was scripted by enemies of the Tiv community because Hon. Peter Ahemba uttered fearless and well articulated views on an African Independent Television (AIT) live programme where he discussed matters arising from the recent verdict of the governorship election petitions tribunal in the state.

The group said the views were merely “In the performance of his duties as the governor’s spoke person and NOT as representative of the Tiv community as portrayed in the ill-motivated publications,” a statement issued to newsmen in Lafia by Mr. Solomon Chunku, TIDA president and Emmanuel Tseem secretary general, respectively, stated.

Continuing, the statement said, “it has become necessary to caution against dragging the name of the Tiv community in the mud for selfish gains, as well as put records straight for the sake of the reading public.

“First of all, Hon Peter Ahemba, upon his appointment as Senior Special Assistant by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, resigned his position as TIDA President and handed over the affairs of the association to the Tiv Council of Elders, led by the Ter Tiv of the state, His Royal Highness, Chief Clement Ibo (JP), who subsequently convened a congress meeting where the nomination of Solomon Chunku by Mbabai clan to complete his tenure was unanimously approved, in line with the provisions of TIDA constitution (2019 as amended) which states that, “where a serving TIDA official is appointed into a  political office, he/she should resign his position  in TIDA to face the new office.”  

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