By Moses Mbaiorga, Gboko
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has declared that no party will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections.
Governor Ortom gave this assurances Tuesday, at J.S Tarka Stadium, Gboko, Benue State during his senatorial campaign flag-off for the Benue North-West Senatorial District popularly known as Zone B.
The governor maintained that PDP is firm, strong and working together and vowed that Benue state is PDP, therefore, no party will defeat it come 2023.
Governor Ortom further thanked the people of Zone B for their continued support and show of love and called on them to as usual, throw their weight behind him and other PDP candidates across the state in the forthcoming general elections.
He briefed party members on the ill-health of the Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly and the PDP governorship candidate, Titus Uba and assured that he will soon come back very strong to continue with his campaign activities.
In his remark, Sen. Orker Jev, who revealed his preparation to hand over to Governor Ortom is in top gear, urged all the party members to work for the success of the party at their various polling units.
“I have started writing my handover notes that would be handed to Ortom as the next Zone B senator come next year. I call on all of you to go and deliver your polling units in 2023,” he said.
In his remark, Mr Uba, represented by his PDP governorship running mate, John Ngbede thanked the party for the confidence it has reposed in them. He commended Governor Ortom for providing him the best medical attention and asked for sustained prayers as he promised to build on Ortom’s footprints if elected as governor of the state.
Earlier, in his opening speech, the PDP Zone B Campaign Director, Mike Mku, who emphasized the need for Governor Ortom to win the Zone B senatorial seat said it has become a tradition for Benue State governors to go to the Red Chambers after their successful tenure. He maintained that Ortom too won’t be an exception as he has done well, especially in areas of seccurity, infrastructure and his untiring voice in defense of Benue citizens.
On their part, Chairman and Chairlady of the occasion, Sen. Fred Ortii and Justina Sorkaa, separately said Zone B should not only be happy to support Ortom for Senate but also count themselves lucky to have produced a courageous and hardworking governor, who has prioritized infrastructure, youths and women development, as well as has sacrificed himself for Benue masses.
Also speaking, the Guest Speaker of the occasion, Dr Cletus Tyokyaa, named security of lives and property, being favoured by zoning arrangements, coupled with the governor’s giant strides in infrastructural development amongst others as some of the reasons Governor Ortom deserved to be in the Senate.
He noted that Ortom is not aspiring to take over the political leadership in his domain but to continue providing good representation for the masses.
While speaking for the entire Jemgbagh geo-political axis, Chief Laha Dzever said Ortom is not contesting for Senate with anybody because Jemgbagh had exempted itself from the seat, leaving it for MINDA, whereas MINDA unhesitatingly gave it to Governor Ortom, therefore, no one will short change the arrangement.
On his part, Dr Vincent Aondoakaa, who spoke for MINDA, attested to the governor’s workaholic nature and insisted he is the only person from MINDA axis that would represent Zone B at the National Assembly, especially now that Nigeria is looking for change agents. He urged Jemgbagh sons and daughters to reciprocate the votes it enjoyed from them in 2019 and vote Ortom massively come 2023.
In their separate remarks, representatives of Zone B party chairmen, Gbanson Adekwagh and that of the state council chairmen, Dr Mike Abba, who is Chairman of Guma, all reiterated the commitment of party members, especially at the grassroots towards voting Governor Ortom for Senate amongst others.
Acting Chairman PDP Benue state, Isaac Mfo; and PDP Chairman Zone B, Mbakorlumun Tartar maintained that the party is one and would continually preach oneness for overwhelming victory in 2023, noting that politics starts at the local level and Governor Ortom is the leader in Benue and he should be at all times.
Other speakers at the occasion, including: John Dyegh for National Assembly, Sen. Gabriel Suswam for Zone A and Sen. Abba Moro for Zone C separately insisted that being at the National Assembly is not child’s play, hence it requires strong and already known names like Ortom, adding that Benue needs courageous leaders at the Red Chambers to free its citizens from the shackles of federal absence.