2023 Guber: Ortom Assures Aspirants Of Level Playing Ground

2023 Guber: Ortom Assures Aspirants Of Level Playing Ground
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Henry Ibya, Makurdi

Governor Samuel Ortom, last week assured politicians seeking elective positions in 2023 general elections under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), that as leader of the party in Benue State, he would do everything possible to provide a level playing field for all aspirants to ensure that nobody is shortchanged at the primaries.


Governor Ortom, who spoke at the Government House,  Makurdi, during a special executive council and valedictory session to bid farewell as well as accept formal resignation of 5 members of his present executive council including Prof Benis Ityavyar, commissioner for Education, Engr. Dondo Ahire,  Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Comrade Ojema Ojotu, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mrs. Ngunan Adingi, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Pastor Terwase Orbunde, the governor’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and other appointees who decided to leave the cabinet to pursue higher elective offices said his experience over the years as a grass root politician has taught him that imposition of candidate’s on the electorates is always the beginning of failure of any political party adding that the PDP will guide against the trend.

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The Governor also assured that as someone known all over the country and beyond as one against injustice, as the leader of the party in Benue, he would ensure that equity and fairness were maintained during the primaries for a popular candidate from the people to emerged, insisting that he would not favor any aspirant no matter how close such an aspirant was to him.

According to the governor, “ You should take note that there is nothing in this life, as you were here serving Government in different capacities, today you are living though for good to seek election to serve in higher capacities, whatever you aspire for should not be do or die, do not grudge any one you feel is standing on your way, do not fight any body, learn from my experience”,

“Like I’ve always say, a man can receive nothing except given to him from above, so if God says it is your turn, nobody can stop it, but may I advise that if at the end those that would lost, please do not blame God, because you don’t know what would have happened if you were elected Governor, that is why all things work for good to them that Love God”.

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The Governor who expressed appreciation to the appointees leaving his cabinet to seek higher elective positions for their various contributions which enabled his administration to succeed also assured them that he would create a level playing field for all of them to ensure that the most acceptable candidate especially for the office of the governor emerges, since only one person will occupy the office at a time.

Speaking on behalf of commissioners’ who resigned from the cabinet, the Chief Press Secretary Mr. Terver Akase, who is a governorship aspirant lauded the innovative leadership style of the governor and his efforts to make sure that the identity of people of the state were not lost through the promotion of the unity colors of the state and his firm stand against the Fulani invasion of the Benue valley.

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Mr. Akase, on behalf of others, promised that any one of them who emerged at the end of the primaries as Governor would build on the legacies of the present administration to continue to protect the people and deliver good governance.

Speaking on behalf of resigned commissioners, Mrs. Ngunan Adingi, thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve Benue people while Pastor Terwase Orbunde, told the governor that like Elisha, he was asking for a double portion of Ortom’s, anointing having worked with him for 6 years and as his campaign director for two times, insists that he is the only person who knows how to carry on where governor Ortom stops.


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