By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has reiterated his call on all his appointees who have political ambitions in 2023 and those who are coordinating campaigns for aspirants to resign their appointments latest September 30, 2021.
He disclosed this Wednesday during a meeting with all his appointees at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi. He stated that he will allow the people to choose his successor by themselves. “I will work with party leaders to ensure a smooth process. I will not impose any person on the people,” he said.
He maintained that he will not hesitate to sack anyone who fails to comply with the directive.
Governor Ortom however, said his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu who is also contesting for the governorship seat, by law of the Constitution is not required to resign.
He urged everyone go to their people to campaign for votes. The governor said governance was all about the people as anything short of that was not fit to be called governance.
The governor who emphasised that he was not going to be distracted by anything, stated that democracy was about what the people want. “I am always ready to do the bidding of the people of the state. Whatever they say, that is what I will do.
“I can never be distracted by any campaign of calumny as God and Benue people who gave me the mandate to be Governor are behind me,” he maintained.
He reaffirmed his resolve to continue to say things that will usher in justice, equity and fairness.
Speaking separately, Commissioner for Justice, Barr Mike Gusah for commissioners; Bem Melladu on behalf of Chief Executive of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and parastatals, Bem Dzoho for Special Advisers and Frank Utoo for Principal Personal Assistants (PSAs) all expressed gratitude to Governor Ortom and pledged their continued commitment towards the success of his administration.