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Benue State Governor, Samuel
Ortom, yesterday reiterated his appeal to the electorate in the state to vote
massively for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying that he was on the same page with them on
ranching.

He spoke at his reelection
campaign rallies at Ugba and Zaki-Biam in Logo and Ukum Local Government areas.
Governor
Ortom stated that while President Muhammadu Buhari was canvassing for the
opening up of cattle routes which will impact negatively on the land of the
people of the state if implemented, Alhaji Atiku has been establishing ranches
for his cattle and even proceeded to build feedmills.
He
stated that ranching was critical to the survival of the state as it remained
the best solution to the incessant crises between farmers and herders with
monumental loss of human lives and property over the years such that the people
should vote against those who opposed it.
The
Governor stated that besides the fact that the PDP Presidential candidate had a
long standing relationship with the Benue people who conferred a chieftaincy
title on him years back he also believed in the corporate existence of Nigeria
and was not a religious fundamentalist.
While
urging the people to vote for all candidates of the party at this year’s polls
he maintained that the PDP was a better alternative after its apology to
Nigerians for its wrongdoings, reformation and repositioning.
His
predecessor and Benue North East Senatorial candidate, Dr Gabriel Suswam, also
called on the people to reelect Governor Ortom for what he described as his
uncommon demonstration of courage for the protection of their interest.
The
former Governor stated that it was rare for a governor to defect from the
ruling party and pitch tent with the opposition adding that such a move to
stand with the people when it mattered most should be rewarded with a renewed
mandate. He stressed that if the electorate abandoned Governor Ortom at the
polls no one would endanger his or her life to champion their interests.
Dr.
Suswam stated that the survival of the people was at stake during the next
elections and that they must make maximum use of the opportunity by voting for
all the candidates of the PDP who will guarantee their safety.
Governor
Ortom and his entourage interacted with traditional rulers and members of the
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, who assured him of their support, at
separate venues in the places visited before addressing the rallies.
Highlights of the tour included the decamping
of prominent members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, into the PDP
including one time governorship candidate, Terver Kakih and former member of
the State Assemby Dan Abbagu.
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