2023: We are confident of victory, says Gov Ortom

By Sunday Iduh

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would retain all its elective positions in the 2023 general elections.

The governor, who stated this Monday, during the flag-off of the Benue North-East Senatorial campaign for the re-election of Senator Gabriel Suswam, said the massive turnout of supporters at the flag-off ceremony was a sign that the people of the Zone A Senatorial district were ready to vote for all PDP candidates in the 2023 elections.

“It is very clear with the crowd we are witnessing here that Kwande will again massively vote for PDP. It is an indication that Zone A with seven local government areas will massively vote for PDP. And I make bold to say that Zone B and C remain the stronghold of PDP in Benue State,” he stated.

Nathaniel Ikyur, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in a statement Monday night, said his principal maintained that the PDP had challenges in the state during the 2015 election when he defected to another party, stating that the PDP has since returned to its winning ways.

“I am aware that in 2015, PDP had problems when I left PDP for APC and because of the misrule of the APC in Nigeria, I came back to PDP and since then, we have occupied the space in Nigeria and in Benue State,” the statement read.

According the statement, Governor Ortom, while thanking the people for turning out en masse for the flag-off ceremony, assured them they will continue to work together for the benefit of the state.

“We believe in the unity of purpose. We believe in working together and that is why you have seen all of us here, Senator Suswam, myself, Senator Abba Moro and all the state House of Assembly and the National Assembly members here. I want to assure you that by the grace of God, come 2023, PDP will win all the way,” the statement guoted Ortom.

The statement further stated that, the Senator representing Benue North-East Senatorial District, Sen. Suswam said the National Assembly was a place for men of courage, focus and determination to attract federal presence to their constituencies.

He called on the people of the state to vote for Ortom, Moro and himself as senators as they have what it takes to synergize and offer effective representation.

Sen. Suswam, who listed projects he had executed in his senatorial zone, appealed to the people to re-elect him to consolidate on his achievements. He pointed out that, with the unity of Benue representatives at the National Assembly, he would be better positioned to do more.

Sen. Suswam also urged the people to vote for Titus Uba as Governor of the state in the 2023 governorship elections.

“As Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Uba has demonstrated competence and is already familiar with governance and would not be learning on the job to move the state forward,” he stated.

Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Sen. Morro in a remark, said he came in solidarity to show that in Benue State, they are one. He stressed that if he, Ortom and Suswam when elected, they would work together to ensure that the state was not short-changed in the national power equation.

According to Sen. Moro, “the primary responsibility of government is to secure lives and property. The Ortom administration has continued to champion this course as a result of the failure of the Federal Government to provide security for citizens,” he stated.

The PDP governorship candidate, Uba, who was represented by the Deputy Governorship candidate, John Ngbede said “unity is our strength for progress,” emphasising that the welfare and security of the people will remain a top priority if elected, pledging not to disappoint the people.

State Chairman of the PDP, Isaac Mffo had earlier received decampees from the All Progressives Congress (APC) into the PDP and presented party flags to all candidates for various elective positions in Zone A.

Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar declared that Zone A was ready to give all PDP candidates in next year’s election the largest votes and ensure that the party wins convincingly.

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