<< By Tahav Agerzua >>
Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment and Supervising Aviation Minister, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom has appealed to all eligible voters in Benue State to make the necessary sacrifice to obtain the permanent voters card or register afresh in the exercise that will commence on Friday.
He also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to give special consideration to displaced persons across the state.
Chief Dr Ortom, in a statement signed by Media Adviser to his Governorship Organization, Mr Tahav Agerzua, said the exercise requires eligible voters to sacrifice time and resources to obtain a voters card which in a democracy places enormous powers in the hands of its possessor.
The Minister who is a governorship aspirant on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party stressed that only the voters’ card empowers the electorate to enthrone a government of their choice adding that any sacrifice made to secure the card was necessary.
He urged the people not to regard such efforts as a waste even as he appealed to INEC to take every step to lessen eligible voters’ burden during the exercise adding that all parties involved should also play by the rules and regulations governing its conduct.
Chief Dr Ortom expressed happiness that Benue State was included in the first 10 states where the exercise would be conducted pointing out that it gives INEC the time and opportunity to rectify identified lapses thereafter.
Chief Dr. Ortom commended the state Governor, Dr Gabriel Suswam, for the proactive measures he has already taken to for the exercise and urged the entire people of the state as well as the relevant stakeholders to support the Governor in order to make it a huge success.
In a related development wife of the Minister, Mrs. Eunice Ortom, called on women to come out in their number and participate in the on-going voters’ registration process in order to enable them to exercise their civic responsibility in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
Mrs. Ortom made the call while receiving a group of women that paid her a courtesy call in her Judges Quarters residence in Makurdi recently.
She told the women that their full participation in the electoral process would help realize the 35% affirmative action for women as being globally advocated.
Chief Mrs. Ortom enjoined the women of the state to actively participate in the programs of the present administration which are tailored towards uplifting the status of the women folk.
According to a press statement by the personal assistant to the wife of the Minister, Mrs. Juliet Yansha, the visiting women who represented various women organizations in the state came to express their solidarity in support of Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom’s 2015 gubernatorial project