Governor-elect Promises Credible Council Polls



THE Benue State Governor-elect, Dr. Samuel Ortom has promised that his administration would conduct credible Local Government election, when he finally takes over the mantle of leadership in the state.

He made the promise while addressing a delegation of the Nongov community resident in Makurdi, which paid him a congratulatory visit at his Judges Quarters residence.

Ortom hails from Nzorov, which is part of the Nongov community in Guma local government area of the state.

He decried a situation where the party that controlled the state always ensured that it won 100 per cent at local government elections and pledged that his administration would allow the people to choose grassroots’ leaders of their choice through credible, free and fair polls.

The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, stated it was important for the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders, particularly governors who emerged through credible polls to replicate what the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had achieved nationwide at the state levels.

He assured that although the challenges confronting the state were frightening they could be surmounted through collective efforts and creative thinking as well as deployment of international best practices.

Earlier, President of the Nongov Community Development Association, Makurdi branch, Chief Samuel Aga, had disclosed that they had come to felicitate with one of their own on his emergence as governor.

Aga expressed gratitude to God and the people of the state for the development and also lauded Ortom for his doggedness in pursuing the realisation of his aspiration, even as he enjoined the Governor-elect not to let the people of the state down.

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