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Governor Samuel Ortom today stressed that it has become clear that the All Progressives Congress, APC, lacked the capity to liberate Nigerians from the shackles of disease, ignorance and poverty.

He spoke at Tombo Community Secondary School, Buruku, during the continuation of his campaign for reelection round the state today.

The Governor stated that almost four years after the party was voted into power the three killers as well as insecurity have increased throughout the country hence the need to bring back the Peoples Democratic Party pointing out that the party has learnt from its mistakes.

He appealed to the people of the state not to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari again because he was no longer in control of his administration but has rather allowed a cabal to hijack government machinery as identified by his wife.

The Governor commended the wife of the President for speaking the truth saying that as a man he has responded to her call for men in the country to arise and arrest the situation.

Former Senate President, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, urged the people to vote for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state in line with the resolve of Nigerians across the country to vote for the party in the next elections.

Dr Ayu stressed that from the large turn out of Nigerians at campaign rallies of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar across the country which he personally witnessed it was clear that they were determined to vote for him and his party.

He stated that rather than improve the fortunes of the country the APC has made Nigeria the headquarters of poverty in the world and that it must be rejected at the polls.

Benue North West Senatorial candidate of the PDP, Mr.Orker Jev, stated that people of the zone have nothing to show for voting a particular candidate for the last twelve years, promising that if given the mandate, he would do better.

Highlights of the event included the defection of all the executive committee members of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the area into the PDP.

State PDP chairman, Sir John Ngbede, received the new members and handed them over to Governor Ortom who, as party leader, promised them equal opportunities.


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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has stated that there are no cattle routes in his state.

He spoke at NKST Church, Buruku, while interacting with officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria while on reelection campaign in the local government area.

The Governor was reacting to televised comments on President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter last night.

He said the President’s overall performance during the program was shameful and a confirmation of what his wife stated that having lost control a cabal had taken over and was running his government.

He stated that even if there were such routes which were gazetted he would have de-gazetted them as the current population of the state had made them untenable.

Governor Ortom stated that at the time such routes were contemplated in the sixties the entire population of the country was about 40 million while the current population is about 200 million thereby foreclosing the possibility of the routes.

He stated that he battled and overcame financial, social vices as well as security challenges during his first tenure adding that if given a second mandate the end of his administration would be better than his rough beginning.

Governor Ortom stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled federal government failed to forestall attacks on the state by Jihadists who openly declared their conquest and occupation agenda on the state and thereafter failed to give the people justice when they demanded it.

According to him this development coupled with what he described as the deliberate neglect of Benue people by not giving them strategic positions in government at the center prompted him to seek an alternative platform on which to pursue his reelection.

He appealed to the people to seize the opportunity of the General Elections this year to vote for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party who he said will protect their interests and guarantee their survival.


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Governor Samuel Ortom has commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for sacrificing their lives for the peace and unity of the country.

He spoke yesterday in Makurdi during the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the IBB Square, Makurdi.

The Governor acknowledged the immense support and sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces towards restoring peace in Benue and Nigeria at large, stressing that if not for them, what befell the state last year would not have been controlled.

He prayed God to protect and provide for the families of the fallen heroes, even as he also prayed God to grant those in various theatres of war within and outside the country victory over insurgency.

Governor Ortom, the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, senior military officers as well as the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Legion of Ex-servicemen laid Wreaths at the tombs of the fallen heroes.

The Governor also inspected the parade at the ceremony and also inspected the free medical services offered at the venue by the military.

During the solemn occasion, prayers were offered for the peaceful repose of the souls of the fallen heroes and for peace in the country.


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Governor Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Torquay Suswam have charged the people of Kunav to vote for all candidates of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 16th and March 2nd general elections.

They spoke today at LGEA Primary School Vandeikya, during the ongoing campaign tour of local government areas in the state.

Governor Ortom who was giving a rousing welcome by his supporters in Vandeikya, charged the people to vote for the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, himself, Dr. Gabriel Suswam and all other PDP candidates in the 2019 general elections.

He told the people not to allow themselves to be intimidated by anybody in the forthcoming general elections, pointing out that they should come out en mass and vote out the APC-led government at the federal level to alleviate hunger and poverty in the country occasioned by the APC Maladministration.

Dr. Gabriel Suswam Suswam said the survival of the Tiv nation as a people is in question as far as the APC-led administration at the centre is concerned, saying Ortom is courageous and determined to protect his people and he (Suswam) stands shoulder to shoulder with the Governor to protect the land.

Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon. Titus Uba said the people of Kunav have settled for the PDP in all the elections in 2019, stressing that what they needed to do was to go outside Kunav land to canvass support for the Governor and PDP in general at the polls.

Professor Terhemba Shija in a remark said the APC-led government at the centre is the opposite of democracy military and charged his kit and kin to vote for Atiku, Ortom, Suswam and all other PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

He said the PDP has given their son, Mr. Titus Uba Speaker of the State Assembly and should be supported from all fronts.

Elder statesman and a chieftain of the PDP from Kunav, Chief David Amo, urged his people to support the PDP in all elections, stressing that their should be no selective voting as far as the interest of the entire Benue State was concerned.

Members of other political parties including SDP, APC, Action Alliance and Labour Party in the area dumped their various political parties for the PDP.


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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday reiterated his appeal to the electorate in the state to vote massively for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying that he was on the same page with them on ranching.

He spoke at his reelection campaign rallies at Ugba and Zaki-Biam in Logo and Ukum Local Government areas.

Governor Ortom stated that while President Muhammadu Buhari was canvassing for the opening up of cattle routes which will impact negatively on the land of the people of the state if implemented, Alhaji Atiku has been establishing ranches for his cattle and even proceeded to build feedmills.

He stated that ranching was critical to the survival of the state as it remained the best solution to the incessant crises between farmers and herders with monumental loss of human lives and property over the years such that the people should vote against those who opposed it.

The Governor stated that besides the fact that the PDP Presidential candidate had a long standing relationship with the Benue people who conferred a chieftaincy title on him years back he also believed in the corporate existence of Nigeria and was not a religious fundamentalist.

While urging the people to vote for all candidates of the party at this year’s polls he maintained that the PDP was a better alternative after its apology to Nigerians for its wrongdoings, reformation and re-positioning.

His predecessor and Benue North East Senatorial candidate, Dr Gabriel Suswam, also called on the people to reelect Governor Ortom for what he described as his uncommon demonstration of courage for the protection of their interest.

The former Governor stated that it was rare for a governor to defect from the ruling party and pitch tent with the opposition adding that such a move to stand with the people when it mattered most should be rewarded with a renewed mandate.

He stressed that if the electorate abandoned Governor Ortom at the polls no one would endanger his or her life to champion their interests.

Dr Suswam stated that the survival of the people was at stake during the next elections and that they must make maximum use of the opportunity by voting for all the candidates of the PDP who will guarantee their safety.

Governor Ortom and his entourage interacted with traditional rulers and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, who assured him of their support, at separate venues in the places visited before addressing the rallies.

Highlights of the tour included the decamping of prominent members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, into the PDP including one time governorship candidate, Terver Kakih and former member of the State Assemby Dan Abbagu.


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Governor Samuel Ortom and governorship candidates of other political parties in Benue yesterday signed a peace pact with a pledge to ensure peaceful elections on February 16th and Match 2nd 2019.

The Governor assured Benue people that he was committed to a peaceful and transparent election in 2019, expressing the hope that the pact would promote and sustain peace among candidates and the various political parties.

He stated that there was no need for any political office seeker to perpetuate violence to win election, noting that only God ordains leaders and when he chooses, there is nothing anybody can do.

The Governor however noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies have a bigger role to play in ensuring peaceful elections by being unbiased and professional in their conduct.

He charged the umpire body and security agencies to resist pressure from any quarters to compromise by ensuring that the rule of law and due process prevail during the election.

INEC Commissioner in the state, Dr. Yilwada Nantawe said the peace accord became necessary owing to pockets of violence that characterized the 2015 general elections in the state.

He stated that INEC would interface with traditional rulers, youths, religious leaders and women with a view to ensuring a peaceful election in 2019.

Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, urged political actors to match the peace pact with action by ensuring issue based campaigns, warning that the land would be angry with those who sign peace agreement and go out to foment trouble thereafter.

State Commissioner of Police, Omolulu Bishi, pledged the commitment of the Police to remain professional in their conduct towards ensuring peace before, during and after the election.

He stated that the Police would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone found committing or aiding electoral violence.