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26 Jun 2017


By Chir Msugh Iorwase Armstrong.
My dear Brother,
My elder brother, Herman Iorwase Hembe good day sir.
My decision to write to you is hinge on the decision arrived at by the apex court of our country, Nigeria.
Rt. Hon., in the year 2007 you subscribed to an oath of office and you were inducted as a member of the hallowed but lower Chamber of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
You were very young and most of us, the youth that sincerely believe in the old adage that "the young shall grow" were happy and proud that at least the younger generation, our generation were gradually penetrating the wall built with concrete and raw cement by the older generations.
Barrister Hembe, while in the green chamber, you performed well on the average, especially your first term in office.
However, the other side of you is not good.
Hon. Herman Iorwase Hembe, you will accept with me that your approach when it comes to elders is not sound, I wouldn't want to say my former House of Representative member is rude to elders. You have basically staged affront to almost all elders/stakeholders, sitting Governors and former Governor in the state for no reason(s).
I sometimes wonder why a young man that is much loved by his people and blessed could decide to destroy his political career this way.
During your ten years stay in the hallowed chamber of the House of Representative, close and keen observers has noted that you never had a smooth, workable and cordial relationship with your colleagues or the people you were saddled with one or two responsibilities to supervise through oversight functions, one of the duties of the National Assembly.
These political pundits noted with interest that while you held sway as the chairman of the House committee on capital market instead of a young Lawyer to have ensure that the right thing should be done you rather resort to fighting dirty with the then Director General of Securities and Exchange Committee, SEC, Ms Arunma Oteh. When the attention of Nigerians was immediately drawn to the Ms Arunma Oteh vs Herman Hembe saga we were disappointed when the Harvard university graduate cried out that, " “Hembe lacks credibility. For instance, he collected estacode and other travel allowances from the Securities and Exchange Commission to travel to the Dominican Republic on a capacity enhancement conference for capital market regulators. He did not go neither did he return the money collected.”
She added that you also “asked the commission to contribute N39 million towards the ongoing charade of a public hearing and demanded another N5 million cash on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He made both demands by proxy. So, I doubt it if I can have fair hearing from this committee and this fact has been more than demonstrated with the way you are handling this important issue.”
Shortly after the inauguration of the 8th Assembly you were made the House chairman on FCT and again these keen observers noted again the role you handled Government/official responsibility as if it is your personal business.The former president of the senate, Mr. Puis Anyim will bear me witness. Am sure you will recall this statement when the former president of the Senate rose to speak during the public hearing of the committee you happen to be the chairman then; “Mr. Chairman, I want to put it to you that you have personal motives, you have told everyone who cared to listen that when the former Director General of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Ms. Arunma Oteh accused you of demanding bribe, you have pushed for her sack and I refused to sack her as the SGF, so this is an opportunity to get back at me.
You have been threatening to conduct this public hearing for over one year now, we only discovered your game plan for all the postponement when you started sending messages to the Managing Director to come and see you privately, I want you to know that nobody will come and see you privately”.
Your saga with the former chairman of the House standing committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumuni Jibrin is still fresh in the minds of Nigerians.
Hembe, I won't bother you with much irrelevant battles you fought in Abuja while at the National Assembly.
Back home, it has always been you and Sen. And Chief Barnabas A Gemade. Immediately you made your appearance at the National Assembly you made deliberate moves to build a political base/structure, ordinarily that isn't a bad intention especially for a politician that is aspiring to serve his/her people in further capacities.
Throughout the Gabriel Suswam era, it was you and Gemade or Hembe vs Sen. And Chief Joseph Akaageggee. But come to think of this, these are people that are old enough to father you.
My former representative, most of the political battles you have fought over the past ten years of your sojourn in Abuja were not called for or needed.A strong man is not known for the irrelevant battles he fought but for pursuing a genuine course even if he never won any.
Herman, participating actively into politics for ten solid years is no child's play. You should be convasant with the rule of the game. Inasmuch as the electorates should be placed first the party on which platform you were elected ought to be respected but you are lacking in this aspect sir.
In the build up to the just concluded Local Government 2017 polls which was recently conducted under the most free and fair atmosphere. In a bid to stamp your stand and plant loyalists in Konshisha Local Government, you sponsored and stand to see Hon. Vaade peter emerge as the council Chairman.
Iorwase, sources close you have said that as it is your normal attitude to disrespect the decision of your party and the sitting Governor you disregarded your party's primaries which was conducted under a transparent atmosphere.
You authoritatively frown at the emergence of the current Chairperson of Konshisha Local Government, Hon. And Mrs. Mwuese Justina Ubebe. You threaten to defect or rather form a new political party, the new party on which platform you are planing to contest or via for the most exalted office, office of the Benue State Governor.
You planned to unseat the sitting Governor, Governor Samuel Ortom come 2019 and vowed to send the Benue State APC Leader, Sen. George Akume parking and replace him with the Buruku House of Representative member, Hon. Emmanuel Orkjev.
We are not denying the fact that the structure you built politically over these ten years no doubt gave you an edge over some political elites in zone A and Gemade most especially. Truth is, your generosity and magnanimity has relegated the zone A Senator, Chief Barnabas Gemade whom is known for his tight fist.
The Jechira Federal Constituency seat which you occupied in error as stated by the Apex court, the supreme court of Nigeria. The judgment that sacked you and replaced same with Mrs Dorothy Mato and ordered a certificate of return to be handed her. That you should pay N700,000 to both Mrs. Mato and the Apex court and that you should refund all monies accrued to you in the last two years as a legislator.
My elder brother, all the pronouncements made by the highest court do not go down well with you. All the monies gotten by you from the National Assembly as ordered by the supreme court that you should refund is indeed traumatized, where on earth will you get all these monies from?
On Friday last week, 23rd of June, 2017. I read and heard over the news that the Apex court made a strong pronouncement, the verdict that brought to a halt your political career.
I hurriedly log on to facebook and search the necessary blogs and the story and news was confirmed. The judgment came to most of us by surprise, we never saw it coming, but the will of God has come to pass. We are aware this must be the most trying period or moment in your life.
However political analyst has said that if the decision of the supreme Court is reached at as a result of certain forces, initiated or emanating from some quarters then it is the price you have to pay for fighting elders/powerful sections from Abuja. Why on earth will a prospective and promising young man decide to destroy himself by fighting a vain war? You fought Ms Arunma Oteh, Puis Anyim, Abdulmumuni Jibrin, Sen. George Akume, and the immediate past Governor of Benue State many to mention by a few. These are eminent Nigerians/personalities that we felt are too strong for your type.
Rumors are making rounds in town amongst your loyalists that your sack, the decision of the apex Court is politically motivated or it is predetermined by some cabal of the ruling class within the state. If this rumors are anything to go by it is the price you have to pay for fighting useless and aimless battles in your ten years stay at the green chamber.
You fought Ms Arunma Oteh, Sen. Puis Anyim, Abdulmumuni Jibrin, Egnr. Barnabas Gemade, Governor Gabriel Suswam, Sen. George Akume, Sen. Jack Gyado, Sen. Joseph Akaageggee, Mrs. Dorothy Mato etc.
Now if this sack is a political decision, from which quarters do you perceive influenced the supreme court to have arrived at the decision the apex Court made?
You see, my brother, there is what they call "PRIDE" and there is this old saying that this PRIDE GO BEFORE A FALL.
Now that you have fallen, my advice to you is that you should consolidate on all the lessons you are going to learn and you should never allow praise singers to worsen your plight or predicament.
The ball is still in your court, you can still relaunch yourself in the Benue state political landscape, but this all still depends on how humble and sober you will become hereafter.
Thank you very much for serving the people of Jechira in the House of Representative for ten years and Wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors sir.
I will write you soon again.
I remain your younger brother, Chir Msugh Iorwase Armstrong.
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