The Benue State governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, has charged Christians to save the country’s future by voting in only patriotic leaders in the 2023 general elections.
The governor gave the charge Saturday, December 10th, 2022 while addressing delegates at this year’s annual convention of the All Nations Evangelism Ministries with the theme: “Fresh Oil International Convention” held at the IBB Square, Makurdi.
He said the country was embroiled in multiple socio-economic and security challenges, hence the need for Christians to rise up and vote, not according to partisanship but leaders with the interest of the nation at heart.
According to Governor Ortom, “The 2023 election is going to be different. We shall not be foolish enough to vote according to political parties. We shall vote in 2023 according to the election. Nobody should fool you.
“You must save your future and that of your children. Vote for the candidate of your choice but let it be someone who will not work against you tomorrow. Don’t vote according to political parties. Let them not deceive us again.
“In 2023, we don’t just need a president, we need someone who will deliver us from insecurity, economic woes, diminishing social life, corruption and all those things that are pulling us apart.”
He enjoined Christians not to be deceived by those who do not mean well for the country, insisting, “don’t be carried away by all kinds of falsehood, tricks and lies and deceit by those who do not mean well for us. Let nobody deceive you to vote against the collective interest of our nation. Pray to God and vote for the right candidates and I believe that God will answer us.”
The governor also solicited the prayers of Christians to carry-on in the daunting task of leading the state, noting that although it was not easy standing firm for the interest of his people, he believed with prayers, he will not be deterred.
In his address, the general overseer of ANEM, Archbishop Yiman Orkwar, noted that the country was in its “trying moment as a nation” and challenged Christians to be vigilant and prayerful to uphold the nation.
The clergyman said, “We have become fugitives in our land because of the insensitivity of the federal government to the plight of our people. We must rise up in defence of our faith and protection of our people.”
While commending Governor Ortom for what he described as his “relentless commitment to the cause of the gospel and humanity even in the face of intimidation and threats upon his life” Archbishop Orkwar implored the governor not to give up as the church was standing with him in prayers.