Ortom vows to reciprocate voters supports with good governance, reiterates end of godfatherism in Benue


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue state governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom JP, today promised to reciprocate the mandates which Benue people gave him both on March 9 and 23, 2019 with the provision of good governance,prompt payment of workers salaries and providing adequate security to the people.

The governor who made this pledge during a Radio Benue live programme this morning added that he had ended godfatherism which he said had hindered the progress of Benue state in the past.

His words: “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.

“In our second term, we will provide development to every community according to the needs of the people of the community. This is because the needs of one community may be different from those of the next community.
There will be adequate consultation in our service delivery.”