- Governor Samuel Ortom has vowed not to pick a successor after his term as Benue governor
- Ortom said he would allow his party, the PDP, to feed any candidate of its choice in 2023
- The governor also advised the party to respect zoning arrangements while selecting people to contest
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said he has no plans to anoint anybody as his successor in 2023.
Ortom, while addressing PDP stakeholders’ on Friday in Makurdi, assured them that he would allow the party to field the most acceptable candidate for the next governorship election in the state, The News Agency of Nigeria reports.
“If someone tells you that I have anointed him as my successor, tell him that he is lying. I will work with any candidate that the party fields in 2023.
“Nobody should deceive you that he is my anointed candidate for the 2023 general elections,” he said.
The governor, however, advised the party to respect zoning arrangements while deciding people to contest the chairmanship and councillorship seats in local government elections slated to hold November 30.
“Zoning is the only thing that will give us the results we want at the end of the day. Zoning is very critical in politics.
“I advise people intending to contest the council polls to back down if the zoning formula is not in their favour. If you are not favoured by the zoning arrangement, do not go there. Do not even buy form. Do not waste your resources.
“We are going to set up a committee that will collect the results after the primaries. We will screen the results. Any aspirant not favoured by zoning will be disqualified.
“We are going to do everything in a transparent manner. I am not going to impose any candidate on you.”
He assured the stakeholders that there were better days ahead, stressing that more contracts would be awarded and more appointments made.
Ortom added that more jobs would be created and several other things that could be of benefit to them would come their way soon.
Earlier, PDP Chairman in Benue, Sir John Ngbede, had encouraged the party faithful to ensure that the party won overwhelmingly during the forthcoming council polls.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Ortom issued a query to the GM of the Benue State Urban Development Board.
In a statement sent to journalists by his media aide, Terver Akase, Ortom instructed the agency to immediately stop the renaming of major streets in Gboko.
Ortom particularly directed the GM of the board to reverse the renaming of Ahmadu Bello Way Gboko where the agency mounted a plate bearing the governor's name.
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