The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has pledged to run an administration that would give all communities in the state a sense of belonging if given the mandate.
He also reiterated his pledge to partner with the church in canvassing ethical reorientation and delivering better health and educational services to the people of the state.
Chief Dr Ortom made the promises last Saturday, 14th March, 2015 in Otukpo while addressing the Idoma National Forum at the Double K Resort after which he spoke with Anglican Bishops at the St James Anglican Church Agashua near Gboko.
At both occasions he and candidates of other parties had been invited to give an insight into their programs as governor when elected.
In Otukpo, the former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment, spoke alongside Rev Samuel Gar and Dr Iyorwuese Ligom, candidates of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Labour Party, LP, respectively while in Gboko he was the only candidate who honored the invitation.
He stated that as someone who also comes from a minority part of the state he would promote excellence at the expense of sycophancy and mediocrity such that the best could emerge from any part of the state.
According to him he would also anchor his administration on the fear of God which shall translate to core values such as transparency, accountability, fairness, integrity, truthfulness, selflessness, justice, humility, forgiveness and reconciliation which he said would enhance unity and development.
He disclosed that as minister he demonstrated a sense of fairness by appointing his three special assistance from each of the three senatorial districts of the state and by marrying for his first son from the Idoma speaking part of the state.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that he would utilize areas where the state has comparative and competitive advantages for its development by providing an enabling environment for the exploitation of the agricultural and mineral resources of the state through industrialisation which he said would generate massive jobs, wealth and opportunities.
The SDP candidate, Rev Gar stated that his administration would abolish zoning, establish a university and specialist hospital in zone C as well as revamp ailing industries, promote indigenous culture and provide critical infrastructure in the area.
Dr Ligom pledged to run what he described as a unity government with a cabinet drawn from members of all the political parties which he said would serve the people diligently and give the welfare of civil servants priority.
While addressing the clergy and laity of the Anglican Church in Gboko Chief Dr Ortom said he would partner with the church in canvassing ethical reorientation and delivering better health and educational services to the people of the state.
Bishop Nathan Inyom presented a copy of the Episcopal address by Anglican Bishops in Benue State to governorship aspirants and other political office seekers in the state to the former Minister.
The publication contained the expectations of the church from leaders of the state.