When was Oju and Obi Local Government Councils created? The two local government areas; Oju and Obi constitute the highest number of the Igede speaking tribe of Benue. The people are though in other Nigerian States like Ekiti and Cross-River. In other local government areas like Gwer and Konshisha (Tiv land) in Benue State. The aforementioned States are where they settle legally and legitimately, not where they travel to temporarily. So, When was Oju and Obi Local Government Areas Created?
Oju local government was created in 1976 and Obi local government area was created in 1996.
Oju was among the oldest local governments in Benue State; and Oju was then under the Idoma Native Authority in the defunct Benue-Plateau State. Oju was created during the states creation and local government reforms of 1976 (Courtesy, General Mutala Muhammed/Olusegun Obasanjo regime).
Also Read: Oju/Obi State Constituencies and Council Wards in Igede Land
Out of the fourteen clans that make up the Igede nation, eleven of them comprising Ada, Ọchẹchẹ, Ụkpa, Oye, Ọbọrụ, Owo, Ibilla, Ainu, Ụwọkwụ, Idelle, and Oju are politically fused to form the Oju local government Area. Ito clan forms the present Obi local government area. The people share the Benue South Senatorial District with the Idoma nation; and politically demarcated as one Federal constituency referred to as Oju/Obi Federal Constituency. The people have three state constituencies vis-a-viz Oju I, Oju II and Obi constituencies.
In our next article, we shall show you comprehensively, in tabular form the three Oju/Obi state constituencies, their compositions, registration areas, and the number of polling units in each. Endeavor to share this article to friends and family. Also use the comment section for observation, contribution and appreciation.?
Source: Igede Traditional Custom and Paradox of Modernism by Comr Egbodo Benson Akpegi