Federal lawmaker who represents the good people of Guma and Makurdi, constituency, Hon. Dickson Tarkighir today announced his defection back into the All Progressive Party just few months after dumping the People’s Democratic Party where he was denied a return ticket.
The lawmaker who was in forefront of the fight against Fulani herdsmen in Benue state said the crisis was politicized shortly after announcing his defection.
Taking to his page to make it official. Mr Dickson wrote;
*ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL*
In July of 2018, after several efforts through sponsorship of bills, raising of motions and drafting of letters on the subject of incessant attacks on Benue communities especially my constituency of Makurdi/Guma by armed herdsmen, I defected in protest from the All Progressives Congress (APC) – that had sponsored my election into the House of Representatives – to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
At the time of the said defection, I cited my frustration with the response by the President to attacks on our communities and i explained that I could not bring myself to support and campaign for a party whose Presidential candidate and current President of the country was unable to decisively use military action to protect my people. For me, it was a moment requiring utmost show of solidarity to one’s people and for their cause even if it would put my personal political ambitions (at the time) at grave risks.
Surely it did cost me as my decision led me into a party (the PDP) that had little regards for my outing in the House of Representatives for which record I have drawn positive applause from constituents and many other observers.
However, the ultimate message that triggered my defection seemed to have sunk in high quarters. Together with other urging voices, President Muhammadu Buhari got the full and true picture of events and as a President that means well, has responded decisively through authorisation of very specific and well coordinated military actions that have contained the ugly situation that was fast escalating.
Which is why I had expected all men of good will to appreciate the need to come together and work with the President towards a full attainment of peace and stability in our State. The expectation I had was also for the Governor of my State whom I also represent in the House of Representatives and whose Local Government of Guma (mine as well) has borne heavy brunts of these attacks to intensify collaboration with the President without the unfortunate resort to politicising what is a terrible crisis, one that predates the current administration. As leaders we must act to quell crisis not politicise them for personal short term gains.
Consequently, I do no longer hold any grudge nor find reasonable basis to doubt his suitability for the office he seeks re-election. I do not doubt his genuine strive to tackle and surmount all of Nigeria’s many challenges. I see opportunity to work with him towards returning our people still living in IDP camps back to their ancestral homes. That being the case, I return myself and the House of Representatives seat the APC won in 2015 with me on the ticket back to the APC where it is rightly earned. The Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency is fully APC.
I thank very specially our Leader, Distinguished Senator George Akume for his love, support and understanding even when, for the reasons I have stated, I defected from the APC. His honesty, transparency and selflessness will continue to make him an easy ally for all who wish our State and our country greater good.
To the Gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Rt Hon Emmanuel Jime and his Deputy, Sam Ode and to all the various candidates on the APC platform together with our teeming members and supporters, I congratulate you and encourage us all to march stronger to victory. Let’s get this done with. I am back!