The Benue Grassroots Forum which comprises elected and appointed council heads across the state has reaffirmed its earlier endorsement of Chief Dr Samuel Ortom for the governorship of the state pledging to ensure his election at the forthcoming polls.
Coordinator of the group and former chairperson of Ushongo local government area, Chief Mrs Keziah Agundu, announced the decision at a meeting with the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate during a meeting with him at his Makurdi residence.
She stated that having staked their reputation on the project earlier they had to ensure the realization of their conviction that Chief Dr Ortom remained the best option for the state in the current dispensation.
Chief Mrs Agundu who was the candidate’s contemporary while he served as Guma council boss on the same Social Democratic Party, SDP, platform stated that Chief Dr Ortom and herself distinguished themselves as the most performing chairmen of the time and that thereafter he acquired more experience at various levels and prepared himself adequately for the job.
According to her although members belonged to different political parties Chief Dr Ortom’s change of party platform did not matter to them because of what she described as his sterling leadership qualities, antecedents, experience and God fearing nature.
Other forum members who spoke for the respective senatorial districts in the state, Messrs Atumba Shima, Benue North East, Agba Injo, North West, Pius Oketa, South, as well as Alicia Eru, for women pledged to actively canvass support for the realization of the project.
They assured that when elected they would offer him quality advice that would enable him distinguish himself in the discharge of his mandate.
In his response Chief Dr Ortom expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in him and said God had adequately prepared him over the years and equipped him with creative ideas to generate wealth and other resources to meet what he described as the unprecedented financial challenges and problems confronting the state.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment, disclosed that he neither supplanted any aspirant nor flouted any laws to emerge as the candidate of the party adding that three of the five aspirants who felt aggrieved had agreed to sheath their swords and work with him and the party leadership to ensure that he wins the race.
He pledged to also rely on God and the people of the state including members of the forum for wisdom and advice that would enable him to steer the ship of state successfully if given the mandate.