Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has disclosed that he has withdrawn his case challenging the outcome of the Benue North West Senatorial contest at the election petitions tribunal, which INEC declared in favour of candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Titus Zam.
Ortom who made the disclosure yesterday, when he addressed his supporters at government house Makurdi, while reading from a text tittled the aftermath of the 2023 elections said there were glaring evidence of malpractices including non transmission of results electronically during conduct of the Benue North West Senatorial elections.
Ortom who quoted from John 3:27, argued that a man could receive nothing except it was given him from above added that his decision to withdraw the case was in the interest of peace, which according to him was without prejudice to the suits filed by other candidates of the PDP.
Governor Ortom who acknowledged the grace of God over his life during a political career that has spanned over 40 years within which he has occupied different positions including Local Government chairman, minister and a two term governor among others said he would forever remain grateful to God, for his mercies and the Benue people for enabling him to attain such positions.
” I must commend the resilience of Benue people who went out to vote despite the glaring provocation and intimidation by the federal might”, adding that it has been honour to serve the people of Benue as governor, which within the period he has executed the mandate give to me by Almighty God through Benue people.
The governor assured that he would always be available to carry out God’s mandate as he would be directed and commended members of his party the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the support.
Ortom who said as a leader of the PDP he would continue to support the party in collaboration with other stakeholders to enable it bounced back from the mistakes and draw backs that has affected the party presently, reassured Benue people that as governor, he would continue to provide selfless service in all sectors for the development of the state till the end of his tenure May 29.
He appealed for forgiveness from those he has offended in the journey of serving the state and country, adding that he has equally forgiven those that offended him.