BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, makurdi
Benue State Governor Samuel Orton has declared his intention to contest another term in office come 2019.
The Governor made the declaration Thursday at Government House, Makurdi when stakeholders from 13 local government areas of the State consisting of four(4) local governments of MInda in Benue North West senatorial district and nine (9) from Benue South senatorial district came to endorse him for a second term.
Ortom had sometime ago, said that he will consult with God in December and in January,2018, formally declare his second term ambition.
However, he stated clearly before a large crowd of All Progressives Congress,APC supporters that he has already sought God’s face and will contest for a second term in 2019.
“I accept your endorsement. Am more committed now than before to offer service to the people. I feel your pains and suffering especially the civil servants and am determined to offset the backlog of salaries owed workers of the state. I will not relent in eliminating ghost workers so as to bring down the wage bill of the State.
On the anti-open grazing law, Ortom reiterated that it is not intended to chase away Fulani herdsmen,maintaining that it is meant to create harmony between herdsmen and farmers.
He therefore intimated that vigilante groups as well as civilian Joint Task Force have been adequately mobilized to enforce the law to the latter.
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