- Governor Samuel Ortom has won the ticket of the PDP for the 2023 election in Benue North West senatorial district
- Ortom’s emergence followed his adoption by delegates from the seven local government areas which make up the senatorial district
- The incumbent senator, Emmanuel Oker’Jev, had said he would not seek re-election in the forthcoming polls
Makurdi - Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Benue North-West senatorial district election.
Ortom emerged after he was picked as the party’s consensus candidate on Monday, May 23 in Makurdi, the state capital.
Speaking with journalists in Makurdi, the governor thanked the people for the confidence they have in him.
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“I appreciate God for today and Benue people, especially Benue North-West senatorial district for adopting me as the sole candidate of the PDP for the election in the zone.
“What can I say? I want to express my inestimable appreciation to the people for standing with me as governor of Benue state and for giving me another opportunity before my tenure finishes.”
He said was grateful to the party and the people of the zone for finding him worthy to fly the PDP flag as a consensus candidate for the election.
Governor Ortom promised to prioritise the well-being of the people of the zone if elected to represent the senatorial district.
“My pledge and commitment to the people is that I will continue to do my best; I will put them first.
“Benue people, especially the Benue North-West senatorial district will be my priority.
“They will be on my first-line charge in all that I do. I will not leave them. This uncommon support that they have given me, I have nothing to pay back than to remain their loyal servant and to work with them, to give all that I have for their service.”
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Bekekhimi Idiarhi, the chairman of the Electoral Committee, said Adedipe had 82 votes while Akinyelure polled 58 votes.
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In a related development, Pat Asadu, a member of the PDP in the House of Representatives, has lost his bid to return to the National Assembly in 2023.
On Sunday, May 22, the legislator representing Nsukka/Igboeze south federal constituency was defeated at the party’s primary election in Enugu state.
The lawmaker lost his return ticket to a former chairman of the PDP, Engr. Vitta Abba.