Major stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the Kwande geopolitical axis today solicited Governor Samuel Ortom’s support for one of them to succeed him in 2023.
They canvassed their position during a courtesy call held at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi.
Veteran politician, Elder Atsaga Anemba, and former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Nicholas Ada, spoke for the group.
They stated that the Kwande axis was best positioned to succeed the Governor as it bears the pains and scars of invaders on conquest and occupation and were best primed to continue the resistance struggle against their agenda.
The spokesmen stressed that Governor Ortom’s tenure would be more memorable than that of the late Aper Aku because he was succeeding against a hostile Presidency, while Aku had support from the federal government of his time
They listed favourable zoning, competent and experienced indigenes aspiring to the position as well as a solid legacy bequeathed by Governor Aku who they described as their worthy son as positive developments working in their favour with regard to the 2023 Governorship.
Elder Anemba and Professor Ada debunked the argument that the Tor Tiv and Governor should not come from one area, pointing out that in 2015 both came from one local government area because Kwande people who had suffered injustice on the matter in the past led the campaign that the traditional institution and political positions remain separate entities.
Governor Ortom commended the stakeholders for their visit and the gifts which they presented to him.
He described his decoration in traditional regalia as unique adding that he found some of the submissions of the group educative.
The Governor stated that at the appropriate time he would provide a platform for various groups canvassing for the 2023 Governorship position to dialogue among themselves to produce a consensus candidate and that competitive primaries would be held as a last resort.
He drew the attention of the stakeholders to the need to secure their land stressing that without adequate security of lives and property, 2023 would be a mirage.
Highlights of the occasion included the presentation of gifts to the Governor which included male and female indigenous cattle, assorted fruits, yams, honey, bunches of plantain and palm oil.
He was also decorated with Tiger Skin to signify his protection of the Benue people just like the tiger protects her cubs.
Chief Mrs Margaret Icheen, member of PDP Board of Trustees, and former Speaker of the State House of Assembly led the delegation.
The Kwande geopolitical axis comprises Kwande and Ushongo local government areas.