National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun, today at the IBB Square in Makurdi presented the party’s governorship flag to Chief Dr Samuel Ortom.
The occasion was the presidential campaign visit of General Muhammadu Buhari to Benue State.
Chief Dr Ortom pledged to deliver the state to the party and rule with the fear of God that would entrench core values such as transparency, justice, honesty, accountability, fairness, selflessness, forgiveness and reconciliation which he said would enhance unity and development.
General Buhari pledged that if voted his priorities would be to tackle insecurity, unemployment and corruption.
He said he would also invest heavily in agriculture and mining and encourage financial houses to make available loans for farm inputs and processing of yams, oranges, and other produce.
The presidential candidate lamented the low morale of the country’s military, police and other security agencies inspite of the expenditure of billions of dollars by current government on them and pledged that he would reverse the trend, kit, equip and train them to combat current and future challenges.
His running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, stated that God had ordained General Buhari for this time and season to lead the change crusade that would ensure that workers and pensioners are paid, education is provided free while health and other social amenities were also made available.
Professor Osinbajo urged voters to vote and ensure that their votes count by waiting at the polling booths until they are counted and that they accompany the results to the next level.
Chief Oyegun stated that people were tired of being owed salaries and pensions in the state hence they were itching for change which he said had come.
Senate Minority leader, Senator George Akume, said everything in the state, from schools to hospitals were crying for change which the people have to effect through the ballot.
He described General Buhari as Mr security who had given a bloody nose to Maitatsine and Chad when it dared Nigeria and assured that his administration would secure lives and property as well as cater for the general welfare of the people.