– The governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom, has said that he has no interest in the 2023 elections
– Ortom said for now he is focused on delivering on his promises to the people of the sate
– The governor, therefore, warned all his appointees to desist from all forms of campaigns both on his behalf and for their personal interests
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue on Wednesday, February 3, placed a ban on all forms of campaigns by his appointees, either for themselves or for others ahead of the 2023 elections.
Ortom, in a statement made available to Legit.ng, announced the ban while interacting with journalists in Makurdi, the state capital. He said it was too early for any of his appointees to engage in campaigns or political consultations, as the 2023 polls are still two and a half years away.
He stated that the present administration has the mandate to deliver good governance to the people and that distractions are not a part of it.
He ordered Professor Anthony Ijohor, the secretary to the state government, to communicate the resolution to all appointees.
Governor Ortom said that at such a crucial time, Benue people, faced with imminent famine, need reassurance and anything short of that from his government is a waste of time.
Part of the statement read:
“I started my second term just about a year and six months ago and some persons are beginning campaign activities? I will not have any of that.
“Some persons even started a campaign for president for me and I warned them to stop it forthwith because I am not interested. I do not want the distraction. How can I have two and half years as governor and start looking at something not tenable?
“Likewise all those who are in my government that has indicated interest to contest in the 2023 election, I have decided to ban all forms of campaign activities. Because doing that will be unfair to the people of the state.”
Meanwhile, test results on Ortom proved that he has recovered from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
This was revealed by Governor Ortom who spoke from Government House in Makurdi on Wednesday, February 3.