Ortom: My First Term ‘Controlled’ By Akume Was A Mistake – Now I Am Free, Hold Me If I Fail

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, has revealed that one of the mistakes he made in the earlier parts of the first tenure of his administration was to subject it to the control of Sen.George Akume.

The governor who was interacting with Benue People on the state radio programme today in Makurdi declared that godfatherism is over in the state for good.

Recall that, Ortom parted way with his godfather who was against his second term on the platform of the All Progressives Congress,APC which the governor returned to PDP.

The governor last week defeated Akume’s preffered candidate,Hon Emmanuel Jime and secured his second term after the governorship rerun election.

However, Ortom on radio programme said Benue people should hold him responsible if he fails this time.

Ortom said “I remain eternally grateful to God Almighty for my re-election to a second tenure of office as Governor of Benue State, and I also deeply appreciate the good people of Benue for giving me the massive support that I got in the first and second ballots of the election.

“I will reciprocate the goodwill and support of Benue people by ensuring for them good governance which will make amends for the shortfalls of yesterday.

“Now I am fully responsible for functioning of my administration and will ensure that it makes a big difference in the lives of the people.

“There is no more god-father in the politics of the state, and the people of the state have become my god-father because it is through them that God Almighty gave me victory.

“One key element I will be relying on to succeed in this second tenure will be far reaching consultations with the people and all stakeholders in the Benue project.

“Through such far-reaching consultations my administration will harness the rich store of knowledge and experience which we have in the state to move the state forward.

“I have already said that now elections are over we must put politicking behind us and focus on governance, and in this regard I have already set the tone for reconciliation and peace building in the state.

“I have directed my supporters to take deliberate steps towards embracing our opponents who are willing to join hands with us to move the state forward.

“I have directed against the use of hurtful words and playing of offensive songs in the state, because I believe strongly that this is a time for peace-making and cooperation in the best interests of the state.

“One of the mistakes I made in the earlier parts of the first tenure of my administration was to subject it to the control of god-fatherism, and the strength on my administration in this second tenure will derive substantially in being free from the harmful effects of god-fatherism.” Ortom said

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