Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has stated that those planning to rig elections in 2019 should shelve the idea because the era of rigging was gone forever.
He spoke at the funeral of the late David Ukuma, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Benue State Council.
The funeral Mass was held at LGEA Primary School, Anshiva,Tsaav Council Ward of Ukum local government.
Governor Ortom stated that for the Benue people, the issues at stake in 2019 were so grave that no one could subvert the will of the people through rigging and get away with it.
The Governor advised the people to obtain, safeguard and use their permanent voters card effectively to define their future.
He stated that the attacks on the state were a continuation of the 1804 conquest and occupation agenda of jihadists and enjoined the people to unite and overcome the challenge just like their forefathers did.According to him no one can remove him from office without the permission of God who made it possible for him to be elected stressing that he stood firm on the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 because the Benue people who enacted it were resolute on its implementation.
Governor Ortom described the deceased as a talented broadcaster who excelled in his profession and urged other media practitioners to emulate his sterling qualities and urged his colleagues and well wishers to assist the family he left behind.
In his homily, Reverend Father Barnabas Nyam of St. Michael’s Quasi Parish, Gbeji, advised those living to prepare for their death because all humans were mortals.
He called on leaders of the state to promote development and progress rather than pulling one another down.
The late Ukuma died after brief illness on 25th August, 2018 at the age of 45 leaving behind a wife and three children.