All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has pledged to revive the industrialization drive of the first civilian governor of the state, the late Aper Aku, if elected.
He spoke yesterday in Lessel, headquarters of the home local government of the late Governor, at a rally of the party to solicit votes for elective positions in the February 2015 general elections.
Chief Dr Ortom said the late governor’s vision for an industrialized state as the panacea for job and wealth creation was unassailable yesterday as it is today adding that if given the mandate he would tow a similar path.
The APC candidate stated that he would deploy his experience as former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment to partner with the organized private sector to revive ailing industries and establish new ones in the state.
The former Minister commended the people of the area for their hard work and initiative in planting oranges and mangoes on a large scale maintaining that his administration would provide the enabling environment for the establishment of factories for the processing of the fruits and other agricultural produce.
He lamented that at the moment no farmer in the state has been able to derive any meaningful profit from investment because there was no value being added to the primary products saying his administration would address the challenge.
Chief Keziah Agundu, former Ushongo council boss and Chief Dr Ortom’s contemporary when he was Guma council chairman appealed to her people to vote for the former Minister on account of his experience in governance at the local, state and federal levels saying he had the capacity to deliver.
Hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members including former member of the House of Representatives for Kwande/Ushongo constituency, Chille Igbawua, and former Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Tahav Agerzua, cross carpeted into the APC at the rally.
At Tse-Agberagba in Konshisha local government area, Chief Dr Ortom reiterated the same message and assured the people that he would devise creative ways of lessening the financial burden on government by boosting the private sector such that the state government could generate revenuefinancial from it and alternative sources to be able to meet its financial obligations.
Chief Dr Ortom said while he subscribed to the moves by the Catholic Bishopssources in the state and the Mdzough U Tiv for peaceful polls he said his supporters were determined to collaborate with the conventional security agencies and youth vigilante groups to arrest, disarm, and humiliate any individual or group sent to rig the forthcoming elections in the state.
Serving Senator and Benue North East senatorial candidate of the party, Senator Barnabas Gemade, said he was seeking reelection because his people requested that he return to the National Assembly and continue to offer them quality representation pointing out that he changed platform because those he had helped to put into positions of authority wanted to humiliate him in his former party.
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