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By Abrahams Kwaghngu

The good people of Benue State on the 3rd of June 2017 again re-affirmed their support, loyalty and love for the Samuel Ortom led administration and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
 The just concluded Local Government Elections conducted by BSIEC afforded the people of the State to once more firmly re-establish their support as they came out to elect Chairmen from the APC to run the affairs of the 23 Council Areas as well as their Councilors in a landslide victory.
Keeping faith with the present political dispensation in the State on the platform of the ‘Change’ mantra with Governor Samuel Ortom and other formidable Change leaders offers the best prospect of repositioning the state for enduring development. The peaceful Council Elections sent a clear message that the APC political machinery anchored on the welfare of people has come to stay for good. A notable feature of this election was the peaceful and orderly manner the process was conducted. Unlike in the immediate past where agents of the former ruling party usually turned such a basic democratic exercise into a theatre of violence, intimidation thuggery, ballot box snatching and other anti-democratic practices.
The Samuel Ortom administration has set a new benchmark of peaceful election, adherence to the rule of law and due process and non-interference in the election management process. The Governor has again demonstrated his commitment to fairness, justice, equity and strengthening of democratic structure for the benefit of the people. Observers from the polling units across the state reported a general peaceful conduct of the people as they came out to exercise their franchise without fear of violence. The Council Election also served to confirm through the ballot box that the will of the people in a free and fair electoral contest is ‘unchangeable’ and firmly in support of democracy as the best form of government.
It is significant for the people to remain vigilant as those who have abused their trust in the recent past have a tendency to circulate falsehood, lies and negative propaganda against the present purposeful administration and the APC which clearly offers a better and credible political platform in the State and at the federal level. The people should sustain their support as the Samuel Ortom government continue to work hard to rebuild the state by bringing development gradually to every sector of the State’s economy.
The task is challenging given the lean financial position and other liabilities that were inherited from the previous administration coupled with the sharp drop in financial allocation from the federation account. However, the good news is that the present administration has been initiating innovative measures in a transparent and accountable manner that is yielding positive results from lean financial resources available to it. We should collectively stand as a people to look at the brighter side of things with the understanding and assurance that we have a caring and competent government in place that has shown the capacity to govern with the fear of God. The future remains bright as we stand united.
…In God we trust.
Kwaghngu is SSA, Special Duties
Office of the Executive Governor

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