- The National Rescue Movement (NRM) has chosen a retired local govt worker, Comfort Angula, as its governorship candidate in Benue
- Angula, while giving her acceptance speech, lamented over the non-payment of salaries by the Samuel Ortom administration
- She further disclosed how she was declared a ghost worker by the state government and was not paid for 14 months, while still in the civil service
Comfort Angula, a retired local government worker, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), in Benue.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Angula picked the ticket through a voice vote at the party’s state congress in Makurdi.
Legit.ng gathers that while declaring Angula winner of the governorship primaries, Paul Ola, the NRM chairman in Benue, said that a total of 175 delegates participated in the exercise.
“The party delegates, through a voice vote, affirmed Angula as our candidate and she is hereby returned," he said.
Ola said that NRM was determined to rescue Benue workers from the “inept administration” of Governor Samuel Ortom, promising that the prompt payment of salaries would be a priority if Angula was elected.
“NRM’s administration will also pay special attention to the economy and insecurity," he said.
In her speech, Angula decried the non-payment of salaries by the Governor Samuel Ortom administration “in spite of huge allocations and several federal government intervention funds”.
“I am in this governorship race to represent the civil servants, pensioners, women and youths who have suffered so much under the Ortom-led administration.
“I am speaking out of experience. When I was a director of personnel and administration, I was declared a ghost worker by the state government and was not paid for 14 months. I was due for retirement in May 2018, but was sacked in January.
“Benue workers have suffered so much under Ortom governorship. They are maltreated by the same government that they are working for," she lamented.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives were on ground to monitor the primaries.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that political aspirants vying for any elective office in Benue state have been mandated to be committed to back the state's anti-open grazing law.
The three major socio-cultural groups in the state, Mzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Ominyi’Igede, made this resolve on Friday, September 21.
The groups had a joint meeting to constitute a committee to review the happenings in the state.
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