Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom has disclosed that he would construct the University of Agriculture Makurdi to Gbajimba road as his first project if elected.
He made the promise at the APC rally in Gbajimba, headquarters of Guma local government area yesterday.
Chief Dr Ortom lamented that Guma local government remained the only council area in the state that had no tarred road to its headquarters stressing that the situation would be addressed as a priority for fairness and equity.
He recalled the fact that the current administration in the state had failed to deliver on its promise to construct the road.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment stated that if given the opportunity he would also appoint people with grassroots connection into his government so that the people would be carried along.
Also speaking Senate Minority Leader, Senator Dr George Akume explained that the choice of Chief Dr Ortom as the candidate of the party was not predicated on hatred of other aspirants but rather on his quality.
Senator Akume listed the appointments he gave to many people from where the other aspirants come from as well as his efforts in reaching out to people from their
place when he was governor to buttress the point that he had nothing against the people of the area adding that his grandmother also hails from the area.
In his remarks former permanent secretary and former APC governorship aspirant, Chief Akange Audu, pledged his support for Chief Dr Ortom adding that he had collapsed his structures into that of the candidate .
House of Representatives and State House of Assembly candidates of the party Dickson Tarkighir, and Mike Utsaha appealed to the people to close ranks and face the forthcoming polls with a united front.
The electoral fortunes of both Chief Dr Ortom and Senator Akume received a boost with the decamping of thousands of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftains including the entire executive committees from the three Nongov wards, several local government officials, and the immediate past Guma council chairman, Frank Usa Adi, into the APC.