- Pressure is mounting on Governor Samuel Ortom to move to the Nigerian Senate after his tenure expires in 2023
- A political group has kick-started the process of pushing for the governor's presence in the red chambers
- The spokesman of the governor, Terver Akase, says his boss is focused on his mandate in the state for now
Campaign posters of Benue state governor Samuel Ortom for Senate flooded Makurdi, the state capital, on Monday, May 17.
Daily Sun reports that the posters were sponsored by a group known as “Diversity Managers Club.”
The posters were seen at the High-Level roundabouts, Wurukum roundabouts, among other areas in the state capital.
Reacting to the development, the spokesman of the governor, Terver Akase told The Nation:
“It is the people’s wish so the governor won’t stop them. He finds such outings as well wishes.
“Governor Ortom has the mandate to govern Benue in the remaining two years and at the moment, that’s where his focus is.”
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the development via social media.
Adejoh Ochogwu Barnabas wrote on Facebook:
“Everything is possible in Nigeria. This is a place where failure is the right qualification to be in any public office.”
Oluwanbe Ogunmoyero wrote:
“A man without any achievement as a governor for eight wasted years... Benue remains one of the most backward states in Nigeria.”
Ukata Uche Ukata asks:
“How many of your people will be alive to vote for you then. At this rate killer herdsmen are killing your people will anyone be alive to vote?”
Goodnews Emeka wrote:
“By then, Nigeria would've shattered into uncountable fragments.”
Adesanya Damilare wrote:
“No state deserves to have a governor like Samuel Ortom. Man has been picking up the wrong battles and doesn't know how to carry out his duties as a governor. I won't be surprised if his people reward him with a Senate seat in the next election after all these stunts.”
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom on Monday, May 17 urged residents of Benue state to defend themselves against armed invaders.
The governor said those who don't have weapons required by the law, should go to their neighbours and get one.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Ortom-led administration on Thursday, May 6 approved the establishment of vigilante groups to combat the high rate of insecurity in Benue state.
Governor Ortom informed residents of the state when he briefed journalists attached to his office on the outcome of a recently expanded stakeholders’ meeting held at the new banquet hall of the Government House, Makurdi.