Governorship aspirant in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has commended the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state for their pledge at the last caucus meeting to conduct transparent congresses for election of delegates for the forthcoming primaries into various elective offices.
He spoke when he hosted his political associates and veterans of the party across the state and formally inaugurated his campaign team during the meeting.
Chief Dr Ortom charged the team to commence operations from second October, 2014 in accordance with guidelines and time table of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The event was held at Smile View Hotel in Makurdi yesterday (Friday, 12th September, 2014).
The Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment appealed to the leaders to also encourage the people to elect delegates of their choice for the primaries adding that when contestants lose in a free, fair, and transparent contest they were bound to accept the results.
He commended Governor Gabriel Suswam for keeping to his promise of providing a level playing field for aspirants and urged him to remain resolute.
Chief Dr Ortom said as a political associate of the chieftains for decades he was happy that they had teamed up with him in order to make his dream which was indeed their dream a reality.
He said the personal attendance of all the former state chairmen of the party, most of who he worked under as State Secretary and later Deputy Chairman, as well as majority of former state working committee members, former national and state legislators, state executive council members, and local government chairmen indicated reassuring commitment.
The aspirant promised to carry the politicians along in the discharge of the mandate if elected.
Chief Ortom pledged that his administration would ensure transparency, fairness, justice, selflessness, forgiveness and reconciliation which shall engender unity and development.
He stressed that the core values listed above would be anchored on the fear of God which shall also endue him with wisdom for statecraft.
According to him although he would seek to add value on all sectors his priorities would remain industrialization, boosting of commercial activities and trading as well as attraction of investment into the state as panacea to unemployment and poverty.
Chief Dr Ortom assured that if given the opportunity he would adopt and modify Asian industrialization models to suit the Benue environment.
He formally inaugurated the Director General, other directors, advisers, as well as local government coordinators and secretaries with a charge to them to work hard so as to ensure his victory at the primaries and general election.
The three deputy director generals for zones A, B, and C, Adzua Ashongo, Dr David Orjime, and Joseph Odaudu, who responded said they were persuaded to work for Chief Dr Ortom on account of his leadership qualities which include political and public service experience, exposure, fear of God and contribution to the development of the State.
Chief Chiata Azabiam, Ambassador Dennis Ukume, and Professor John Ibu who also spoke for the Senatorial Districts appealed to the people of the state to elect Chief Dr Ortom who they said would bring unprecedented development to the state.
ORTOM GOVERNORSHIP ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP
Director General: Tsenongo Abancha
Deputy Director General: Zone A Adzua Ashongo
Deputy Director General: Zone B David Orjime
Deputy Director General: Zone C Joseph Odaudu
Campaign Adviser: Terwase Orbunde
Media Adviser: Tahav Agerzua
Security Adviser: Denen Igbana
Director Finance: Sarwuan Tarnongo
Director Legal: Mike Gusa
Director Operations: Moses Odu
Director Contacts & Mobilization: Okpe Onah
Director Women Affairs: Christy Adokwu
Director Transport: Innocent Nyiyongu
Director Research, Statistics, Planning, Strategy: Dr. Adzer Abya
Director Youth: Jack Suswam
Admin Secretary: Abrahams Kwaghngu
LOCAL GOVERNMENT COORDINATORS AND SECRETARIES
Andrew Orshi – Coordinator
Festus Otserga – Secretary
Baso T. Anza – Coordinator
Terhemen Ahur – Secretary
Francis Tsav – Coordinator
Zaki James Pawa – Secretary
Abeda Ligom – Coordinator
Emmanuel Kasar – Secretary
Ukum Vachia – Coordinator
Kor Joseph – Secretary
Dominic Ihyuman – Coordinator
Kwaghga Atyom – Secretary
Chiangi Anongo – Coordinator
Titus Achika – Secretary
Adue Jov – Coordinator
Achir Ikyegh – Secretary
Anza Unde – Coordinator
Hon. John Terwase Akaabo – Secretary
Hangeior Tarka – Coordinator
Bem Nyityo – Secretary
Godwin Nyigba – Coordinator
Innocent Abanyilo – Secretary
Chris Uyila – Coordinator
Bartholomen Igbawua – Secretary
Godfrey Ichoghul – Coordinator
Kwegi Hyacinth – Secretary
Aondongu Agbanjo – Coordinator
Augustine Iorzua – Secretary
Godwin Oko – Coordinator
Daniel Onoja – Secretary
Anthony Oodo – Coordinator
Dennis Iyanpe – Secretary
Augustine Effa – Coordinator
Agbo Adagonu – Secretary
Rev. Joseph Ogezi – Coordinator
Adadu Adayi – Secretary
Odeh Ageh – Coordinator
Daniel Adekpe – Secretary
Frank Ode Igbe – Coordinator
Mathew Obo Ode – Secretary
Austine Oteikwu – Coordinator
Chris Amanyi – Secretary
Atabo Moses – Coordinator
Godwin Ichadu – Secretary
Isaac Paul – Coordinator
Abel Omaluwa – Secretary