Makurdi, 9th January, 2015
Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has assured the state working committee and the expanded state executive committee of the party that he would justify the confidence they have reposed in him by turning around the fortunes of the state for the better if elected.
He gave the assurance in Makurdi today (9th January, 2015) during separate meetings with the party chieftains at the state secretariat of the party and Smile View Hotel.
The APC candidate announced his final homecoming from Abuja next Tuesday and the visit of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, to Benue State next Friday and enjoined supporters to turn out in their numbers for the two events.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that he would carry members and the electorate along by implementing the party’s manifesto with emphasis on industrialization, promotion of commercial activities as well investment into the state as priorities while adding value on all sectors.
He said the initiatives of his administration would generate jobs in order to tackle unemployment and create wealth such that the state could meet its financial obligations including payment of debts, salaries and pensions.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment said he was humbled by the warm reception party members accorded him maintaining that he and leaders of the party have also taken steps to placate aggrieved governorship and other aspirants and their supporters so that it could heal wounds and face the elections as a united entity.
He appealed to members to put behind the nomination exercise and forge ahead with the determination to ensure the victory of all candidates of the party in next month’s polls.
Chief Dr Ortom expressed appreciation to all the major stakeholders of the party and members in the state including its leader, Senator George Akume, for providing the platform for him to contest the 2015 general elections.
The APC governorship candidate stated that his rise from humble beginnings had made him acquainted with the problems of the ordinary politician and citizen stressing that if elected he would replicate his conquest of poverty, disease and ignorance for the people of the entire state.
Those who spoke including state chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro, deputy chairman, Dr Joseph Orkar, secretary, Onov Tyuulugh, and zonal chairmen for the three senatorial districts, Messrs Vincent Uji, Zone A, Emmanuel Kwaghgba, Zone B, and Muhammad Hassan, Zone C, attributed Chief Dr Ortom’s emergence to divine providence and urged stakeholders to sink differences and close ranks for his electoral victory in the interest of the party.
State welfare Director, Mrs Margaret Iorember, member of the Benue State House of Assembly representing Buruku constituency, Mrs Ngunan Addingi, deputy national youth leader, North Central, Mr Terseer Aginde, and Ada Anthony Ada, spoke for women and youths urging everyone present to work for victory at his or her polling booth.
Other speakers, Iorwase Hembe and Dr John Dyegh, House of Representatives members enjoined the electorate and party members to obtain and secure their permanent voters cards and also take steps to prevent rigging and all forms of electoral fraud.