Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, has lauded the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the state, Engr Titus Uba, for prioritising agriculture and strengthening security of lives and property when elected as governor.
Governor Ortom spoke Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 when he addressed party supporters at the ongoing statewide campaign rallies held in Naka, Gwer West and Makurdi Local Government Areas.
He expressed satisfaction that the leadership vision of Engr Uba was in line with the sustainability of Benue’s agricultural endowment which is the mainstay of its economy.
Ortom enjoined Benue people to vote Uba to succeed him as governor, emphasising that as a two-term legislator and speaker of the atate Assembly, he was conversant with what it takes to implement sustainable development policies to move the state forward.
Governor Ortom charged the people of the state not to surrender their land to anyone no matter what it takes to secure the land, pointing out that the election of Engr Uba will help sustain the war against the invasion of Benue lands.
Speaking on his senatorial ambition, Ortom said his becoming a senator would be an opportunity for him to further ensure that ‘Benue does not continue to suffer injustice, marginalization and oppression at the federal level’.
Engr Uba, in his address, pointed out that the state had comparative advantage in agriculture and it was the reason he would build on the security efforts of the Ortom administration to ensure that Benue land was protected from being overrun by invaders.
He said his administration would encourage the people to undertake agricultural activities without hindrance to boost the economy and create wealth for the people.
The state deputy governor, Engr Benson Abounu, and wife of the PDP guber candidate, Mrs Pauline Uba, charged the people to vote massively for the party’s candidates.
The incumbent senator for Benue North-West Senatorial District, Barr Orker Jev, stated that Ortom was the right choice for the Zone B senatorial seat as he has proven himself to stand for his people, urging them to also vote Engr Uba as governor given his experience in governance as well as his impressive leadership vision.
The acting state chairman of PDP, Hon Isaac Mffo, tasked decampees into PDP to vote Governor Ortom for Senate and Engr Uba for governor.
The director of the State Campaign Management Committee, Dr Cletus Tyokyaa, said Ortom and Uba were experienced persons whose wealth of knowledge was needed in governance.
In separate messages, chieftains of the party in Gwer-West, Dr Vincent Aondoakaa, Elder Godfrey Chôôr, Rt Hon Damian Cheme as well Mrs Eunice Mbajwa who spoke for women and Emmanuel Ukali for youths stated that PDP will sustain its dominance in Gwer-West as they were ready to galvanize support for Ortom’s senatorial election as well as Engr Uba as governor.
They maintained that it was the only way to sustain the fight against invaders who were bent on sacking communities in the area to occupy their ancestral lands.
Those who spoke at the campaign rally in Makurdi included the chairman of the Council, Mrs Eunice Torbunde; House of Representatives member for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency, Hon Bem Mzondu; and state Assembly member for Makurdi South, Hon Terwase Aondoakaaa.
Earlier, Governor Ortom separately presented Engr Uba to the Tyoshin and Makurdi Area Traditional Councils as well as religious leaders who offered blessings for their success in the elections.
At the rallies in Naka and Makurdi, thousands of APC members as well as new entrants joined the PDP, pledging to galvanize support for the victory of the party in its elections.