- Benue state residents have been asked to vote for Atiku Abubakar in the February 16, presidential election
- The state governor, Samuel Ortom, said Atiku is a friend of the people of the state and he will sustain the relationship if elected as Nigeria's next president
- Ortom expressed optimism that PDP would win overwhelmingly during the forthcoming poll
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has assured residents of the state that former vice president Atiku Abubakar, would give them key appointments in his government if elected in the February 16, presidential election.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ortom made this known on Tuesday, January 29, when he visited the Hausa and Ipusu communities in Makurdi.
He said: “Late former president Shehu Shagari and late President Umaru Yar’Adua gave people of Benue lots of appointments. Atiku will do more, hence the need to vote for him massively during the election. He is a friend of the people of the state and he will sustain the relationship even as the president of the country."
The governor appreciated the communities for always standing by him, assuring that he would not disappoint them.
He expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would win overwhelmingly during the forthcoming poll. According to him, ”God Almighty will help us to wither the storm and we will sail through."
Ortom advised young people to stay clear of cultism, emphasising that the state government had enacted a law against cultism and anyone found violating the law would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Responding, the leader of the Hausa community, Alhaji Garba Baba, thanked Ortom for the visit. Baba further said that the North Bank area always experience perennial water shortage.
He, therefore, appealed to the governor to help solve the problem which had been a thorn in the flesh of the residents.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Governor Ortom said Benue state will resist any attempt to rig the 2019 general elections in the area.
Ortom said this on Monday, January 28, in Makurdi while swearing-in the chairman and commissioners of the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC).
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Benson Abounu, said that the state government would want the people’s will to prevail and that votes count. He said that government had put measures in place to checkmate electoral malpractice in all parts of the state.
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