Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state yesterday declared his intention to contest for second in the 2019 governorship election.
Ortom, who made his intention known, when MINDA people and Benue South senatorial district endorsed him at the People’s House, Makurdi, to re-contest Benue governorship said he has prayed and God has agreed that he should continue beyond 2019.
He said he was encouraged by the endorsement and support he has received from the MINDA people who are his immediate constituency and Benue South adding, that the endorsement was a confirmation of God’s intension for him to continue as governor of Benue state beyond 2019.
The governor asked his supporters not to insult, beat or kill anybody for his sake maintaining that God made it possible for him to become governor and he will see him through 2019.
“I have prayed and God has asked me to continue beyond 2019, but I am appealing to all my supporters that as you continue to campaign for me don’t, insult people, beat them or kill anyone for my sake.
“God made it possible for me to become governor, and the same God is there to see me through beyond 2019”, he said adding that his administration is working hard to normalise payment of salaries, but will ensure that ghost workers found on the government payroll are eliminated.
Governor Ortom, also explained that his decision to enact the anti-open grazing law was aimed at bring peace between herdsmen and farmers, and government is willing to create enabling environment for herdsmen who want to remain in Benue and ranch their animals, adding that herdsmen who cannot ranch should find an alternative elsewhere to do open grazing.