By Peter Duru
Makurdi—Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday, said he desired re-election in 2019 but not in expense of spilling the blood of anyone.
The governor spoke in Makurdi when he hosted forum of former political party executives led by Chief Michael Iduma who visited to pledge their support for him.
He explained that his decision to ensure peaceful congresses of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state was based on the above conviction.
The governor recalled that “it was by divine intervention that I won and became governor in the 2015. It is the same God who helped me in 2015 that would also help in raising overwhelming support for my re-election in 2019.
“I appreciate the support of your group and the resilience of the majority of the people of Benue State, even in our difficult times and in the face of the challenges we have been through as a people. “
Leader of the delegation, Chief Iduma, called on the people of the state to re-elect Governor Ortom so that he could sustain the good work he started for the state.
The former PDP state chairman said the seizure and destruction of weapons in the hands of criminals during the amnesty programme, which became a model to several states, had saved countless lives.
He also lauded Ortom’s advocacy for ranching, which he said was being accepted nationwide, and his mature handling of challenges as leadership qualities that were exemplary.