In preparation for the 2023 general elections, Samuel Ortom, the Benue State Governor has reportedly boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP will form the government at the national level come 2023.
The Governor reportedly made this known while speaking at a meeting with the party’s governorship aspirants at the Government House, Makurdi, on Monday.
He stated, “I want to assure you that by the grace of God, the PDP is going to take over the mantle of leadership at the national level, because clearly from what we are seeing in Nigeria today, the APC has become a failure.”
He noted, “They came on the platform of deceit, lies and propaganda. It takes two to tango. People saw what the PDP was able to do and today, they have seen what the APC is doing.”
He maintained, “What was the PDP doing – security of lives and property, economic development, reduction in unemployment and ensuring free movement in Nigeria.”
According to him, “Today, under the leadership of the APC, what are we seeing? Economically, the dollar used to be N190, but it is now being sold for N590. We used to hear of Boko Haram in Borno, but today, Boko Haram is in Benue State; it is in the North-Central, South-South, South-West, South-East and even worst in the North-West.”
He added, “Today, some states in the North-East are being controlled by Boko Haram. Why did I say this? The governors themselves have confirmed this. Even in the North-Central, there are some states that are controlled by Boko Haram. It wasn’t so in 2015 when the APC took over.”
He remarked “If parts of the North-East have been conquered by terrorists and parts of the North-West have been conquered by terrorists, and even now as we hear, some parts of the North-Central have been conquered by terrorists, are we going to allow it to come to Benue State? You people should tell me, because I’m your governor; if you want me to surrender to terrorists, I will do it.”
Commenting on the open grazing being canvassed by the Federal Government was a camouflage, Ortom opined that, “It is a lie; it is a programme designed in the international Fulani world to take over and seize our land, manipulate us and make us slaves.”
He made it known that “We are looking for when the PDP will continue from where it stopped in 2015 and provide leadership for economic growth and take possession of employment and reduce unemployment in our country.”