All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has appealed to his supporters across the state to obtain and secure their permanent voters’ card so as to vote for him and other APC candidates in this year’s polls.
He made the appeal at the Smile View Hotel, Makurdi yesterday where he addressed about 500 major stakeholders of his governorship project across the state and reiterated same message at the Tombo Community Secondary School in Buruku later in the day where over 3000 PDP supporters dumped the party for the APC.
Chief Dr Ortom stressed that only the possession of a voter’s card can enable a supporter to consummate his or her support for the election of candidates into various positions hence the need to obtain and secure it no matter the sacrifice.
In Makurdi he told the stakeholders that his emergence as governorship candidate was a result of divine providence which programmed all things to work in his favor adding that all stipulated conditions with regard to the candidature had been fulfilled.
He charged them to ignore adverse media reports on some radio stations which he described as the handiwork of political opponents and rather sustain their support for the project the success of which he said was guaranteed.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that he had obliged their yearnings for an alternative platform having exhausted opportunities in the PDP and invited as many as could make the switch with him to come along while those who wished to remain behind could do so since democracy encouraged freedom of association.
He introduced his running mate, Engr. Benson Abounu, at the occasion.
In separate responses representatives of the three senatorial districts in the state, Rev Joseph Ogezi, Zone C, Chief Chiata Azabiam, Zone A, and Boniface Ortese, Zone B, pledged the support of the people of their areas to the realization of the governorship project.
In Buruku Chief Dr Ortom addressed thousands of supporters who dumped PDP and decamped to APC led by Dr Adzer Abya, a former member of the National Assembly and State Electoral Commission, Aza Unde, former Buruku local government Deputy Chairman and Ate Orbiam, retired senior staff of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
Other grassroots PDP leaders from all the 13 wards of the council area also led members into the APC.
Buruku APC chairman, Hon Terngu Mbatseen disclosed that 3, 330 PDP members were decamping at the ceremony.
State officials of the APC including Deputy Chairman Zone B, Emmanuel Kwaghgba, Secretary, Onov Tyuulugh, and Treasurer, Awuese Torhee, received the decampees in the presence of Dr John Dyegh, House of Representatives member for Gboko/Tarka, Hon Orkar Jev, his former colleague for Buruku, Mrs Ngunan Addingi, and Messrs Benjamin Nungwa, as well as Terhemen Chabo, assembly members for Buruku, Kwande and Gboko West respectively.
Chief Dr Ortom expressed appreciation for what he described as the warm reception accorded him in the party and pledged to carry all members along when elected even as he pledged job and wealth creation through Industrialization, boosting of commercial activities and attraction of investment into the state as the priorities of his administration which he said will also pay workers’ salaries, pensions and other obligations.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment canvassed for peaceful free and fair polls noting that power belonged to God who gives it to whosoever He wanted as such there was no need for foul play.
Leader of the decampees, Dr Abya maintained that they made the move in support of the former Minister’s change of platform based on their conviction that he would provide the needed leadership for the state and predicted overwhelming defeat of the PDP in the next general elections.