By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed optimism that 2023 will be peaceful by the grace of God. “There will be no violence but we will go for those who have the qualities and capacity to deliver. We will look at their antecedents. What have they contributed in the past to ensure that we have peace and development in our state,” he said.
He stated this Monday when a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Benue South Senatorial District, Alhaji Usman Abubakar (Young Alhaji) paid him a courtesy call at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
“2023 is by the corner. It is not about political parties. It is about those people with the capacity to deliver on their mandate and make Benue State a better place for all of us to live.
“Politics is not about hatred, envy, fighting or disparaging other people and ridiculing them. It should be about what we can bring to the table to add value.
“You can be in the opposition but have a brilliant idea that can add value and make things work better than those who are ruling. This is what I have always called for
“As a governor, I have always called for stakeholders meeting and encouraged them to come up with ideas that is capable of taking the state to an enviable height.
“I want to encourage others to take a cue from what Young Alhaji has done today. Those in PDP, APC, APGA and other parties should know that it our is responsibility to ensure good governance”
The governor expressed appreciation to the former senatorial aspirant for the visit and also for acknowledging that governance was not about the governor, stating that everybody has a role to play to make success or failure of a governor.
Earlier, Alhaji Abubakar explained he visited the governor to discuss on how to move the state forward. “I am here to see how I can contribute my quota to moving the state forward. Governance is not the responsibility of the governor alone. As subjects, we have a role to play in the development of the state, irrespective of party affiliation.
“Going by the current situations in the country, when it comes to governance you don’t talk about party anymore. The focus should be on how to impact the lives of the citizenry and not the party.
“Party differences is only prominent during the electioneering period. Once a winner emerges, it becomes everyone’s affair,” he stated.
On the expected reaction from other members of the APC about his visit to Governor Ortom, Alhaji Abubakar said, when it happens, he will refer them to a passage in the Bible, Acts 10 verse 34-35 (Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him).
“We need to close ranks to see what we can do for Benue State under Governor Ortom,” he stated.