Benue APC says Ortom is a man of God, good leader, urges aspirants to partake in LG poll

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Benue state chapter of the APC for the first time described the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, as “a true man of God and a good leader” who cares about the suffering masses, most of whom are either civil servants or peasant farmers.

This commendation was contained in a press release which was released to the public this evening by the Acting Publicity Secretary of the Benue APC, Mr. James Ornguga, after the meeting of the State Executive Council of the party in Makurdi.

The APC which urged its aspirants for the forthcoming local government elections in the state to participate in the process also implored Governor Ortom to kindly review the charges which the State Independent Electoral Commission has imposed on chairmanship and councillorship aspirants of all the political parties in the state.

The statement reads in parts: “Following the release of timetable by the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission for the conduct of local government polls, Benue State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress at its State Executive Committee meeting held today has resolved to fully participate in the proposed November 30, 2019 council polls.

“The party having interacted with potential aspirants on APC platform and weighed their chances and willingness to contest, is ready to participate and win majority of elective positions to usher in reliable leadership at the third tier of government.

“APC has observed that the local government is the closest tier of government to the people at the grassroots and should not be abandoned.

“The party however, frowned at the exorbitant nonrefundable charges of 300,000 naira each per chairmanship candidates and 200,000 naira each for councillorship candidates payable to the State Government’s Treasury, as contained in Section 11 of BSIEC’s 2019 guidelines.

“We call on the governor (Ortom) as a Man of God to urgently review those charges to 50,000 naira in the case of candidates for chairmanship and 20,000 naira for councillors or that the governor should outrightly underwrite the charges as a good leader who cares about the suffering masses, most of whom are either civil servants or peasant farmers but have been chosen by their communities to contest.

“We call on the potential aspirants to freely go about their campaigns and stakeholders of the party to give them the needed support in achieving their ambitions, as the timetable for party primaries will be unveiled by our party next week”

The statement further stated that the APC shall be fixing very low amount of money on nomination forms to accommodate the current economic reality in the state hence, potential aspirants are encouraged to come out in their numbers and contest in all the 23 local governments and wards of the state.