<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
The State, Local Government and Ward Executive members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State today endorsed Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator George Akume for re-election in 2019.
The party took the decision at the Aper Aku Stadium after its state Congress election which returned all the old Exco led by Comrade Abba Yaro.
In his acceptance speech, Comrade Yaro, who led the endorsement said the duo of Governor Ortom and Senator Akume had demonstrated unequalled wisdom which led to the peaceful party congresses in the state, a development that was difficult to find in other states.
Comrade Yaro while pledging on behalf of others not to disappoint the confidence reposed in them by delegates for the congress, promised massive votes for the APC in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
Addressing delegates and other party faithful at the congress, Governor Ortom commended them for ensuring a hitch free exercise, saying there was strength and greatness when people unite for a common cause.
He stated that all leaders have different roles but could always come together to address any differences among them for the good of the society.
Governor Ortom congratulated the new party exco at all levels for their affirmation and urged those who had ambitions but could not make it to be patient and work for the victory of APC in the forthcoming general elections, stressing that there would be better opportunities if the party wins in 2019.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sending operation ‘Whirl Stroke’ to dislodge killer herdsmen out of Benue, saying renewed security efforts would end attacks on Benue communities soon.
He urged his subjects to avoid the temptation of reprisal attacks on innocent people, noting that such people were enemies of the state would be drastically dealt with if arrested.
On his part, Senator Akume also appreciated the peaceful nature of the Congress, even as he congratulated the new exco and urged the to keep the party’s flag flying.
He congratulated Governor Ortom for the achievements his administration had recorded despite economic and security challenges, expressing the hope that better days were coming ahead.