<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom has promised that his administration would conduct credible local government elections when he takes over the mantle of leadership in the state.
He made the promise while addressing a delegation of the Nongov community resident in Makurdi which paid him a congratulatory visit at his Judges Quarters residence.
Chief Dr Ortom hails from Nzorov which is part of the community in Guma local government area.
He decried a situation where the party that controlled the state always ensured that it won 100 per cent at local government elections and pledged that his administration would allow the people to choose grassroots leaders of their choice through credible, free and fair polls.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment, stated that it was incumbent on the All Progressives Congress, APC, leaders particularly governors who emerged through credible polls to replicate what the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had achieved nationwide at the state level.
He assured that although the challenges confronting the state were frightening they could be surmounted through collective efforts and creative thinking as well as deployment of international best practices.
Earlier, President of the Nongov Community Development Association, Makurdi branch, Chief Samuel Aga, had disclosed that members had come to felicitate with one of their own on his emergence as governor of the state.
Chief Aga expressed gratitude to God and the people of the state for the development and also lauded Chief Dr Ortom for his doggedness in pursuing the realization of his aspiration.
He enjoined the Governor-elect not to let the people of the state down.
Chief Dr Ortom thereafter paid thank you visits to Chief Ivokor Unongo, Ter Guma, Senators Dr George Akume, Barnabas Gemade and Wantaregh Paul Unongo.