The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has appealed to the Benue electorate to join the band wagon of the wind of change blowing across the country by voting for all the candidates of the party in next month’s polls.
He made the appeal while addressing the Nongov community, his kith and kin, at Agasha in Guma local government area of Benue State.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that there was every indication that Nigerians were bent on effecting change in the leadership of the country at all levels hence there was the need for his people to tag along.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment stated that the lack of capacity to address the nation’s challenges coupled with injustices meted to aspirants for various offices on the platform of the ruling party have led to mass exodus from the party leading to dwindling electoral fortunes.
He stated that God influenced leaders and major stakeholders of the APC to choose him as candidate on account of his disposition to unite the people as well as ability to tackle challenges and industrialize the state stressing that he had already taken steps to pacify aggrieved aspirants and their supporters.
The APC candidate pledged that if given the mandate his administration would provide critical infrastructure including roads, affordable and enhanced health care, education and portable water and also address workers’ welfare, payment of salaries and other commitments such as pensions.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that the generality of the populace have accepted his candidature on account of his experience in politics and governance at all levels, contributions to the development of the state as well as his character as a God fearing man.
The former Minister urged the people to obtain and secure their permanent voters cards and also ensure that there was no rigging of the elections even as they should reject all forms of intimidation.
He canvassed violence – free polls disclosing that political leaders in the state have all subscribed to peaceful elections and appealed to supporters to be on the same page with them.
All the leaders of the various segments of the community who spoke pledged support towards the election of Chief Dr Ortom as governor.
They included Ierve Agbanger for Kaambe, Lawrence Usman, Abinsi, Igo Agera, Shaghev, Felix Alabam, Nzorov, John Shishi, the diaspora, as well as Chief Gideon Tyev, for traditional rulers.
The speakers stated that Chief Dr Ortom had long identified with the people by tackling their challenges, through his philanthropy, youth empowerment schemes and sterling leadership qualities exhibited in the various positions he has held over the years.
President General of the Nongov Development Association, Mr Simon Tsebee Anyamkande, urged the people to take decisive action in the interest of the community irrespective of political and religious affiliations.