Youths from Vandeikya / Konshisha Local Government area have begun a campaign against thuggery ahead of 2023 elections.
The youths are insisting they would no longer be used to spill blood during elections.
Youths under the aegis of Jechira Gubernatorial Movement (JGM) led by Dan Nyikwagh gave this position when he paid homage to the traditional ruler of Gboko, Chief Gabriel Shosum.
Nyikwagh and his group were in Gboko, the headquarters of Jemgba, a group among the Tiv spread in Tarka, Buruku and Gboko local government areas to lobby the youths to support Jechira to produce the next governor of Benue State.
Speaking as Convener and President of Jechira Gubernatorial Movement (JGM), Nyikwagh said it was sad that politicians no longer consider youths for appointments but use them only as thugs to snatch ballot boxes during elections, a development he said was unacceptable in the next political dispensation.
Former Chairman of Vandeikya Local Government Area Benedict Kume urged the youths to shun being used as thugs during 2023 campaigns and elections, saying politicians always have a way of meeting at the dining table, while youths insult, fight and kill one another.
Kume advised the youths to take the lead in 2023 politics and change their perspective and contest for elective positions to prove that they are also good for elective positions.
State Youth Leader, All Progressive Congress (APC), Tersoo Baki, PDP Youth Leader Gboko local Government area Aliyu Nonishu, Gboko LGA APC Youth Leader Dekera Vergba, Aondonenge Ansha, Steven Numve, all vowed that youths would no longer engage in politics of blood and tears.
They also promised to back Jechira to produce the next governor of Benue State.
Jechira Gubernatorial Movement is a group of youths among the Tivs spread in Vandeikya and Konshisha local governments.
Their mission is to lobby other Tiv Intermediate areas to cede the 2023 governorship seat to the people of Jechira and had been going round the Tiv political bloc to state their mission.