The attention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State has been drawn to comments by prominent leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the party would win subsequent elections in the state as a result of non-performance of the incumbent administration.
The mischievous comments of former Governor Gabriel Suswam, and Senator David Mark which they made at the state congress of their party and the claim that they would not need to campaign to win elections were widely circulated in the media.
One can imagine that with the magnitude of looting of the treasury and the booby traps which the immediate past administration deliberately set for the succeeding one, its key operators would naturally expect non-performance.
However, the story of the Governor Samuel Ortom’s APC-led administration in Benue State is different.
With transparency as its watch word the administration has recorded milestones in spite of the deficit treasury it inherited and the economic downturn.
The amnesty program of the APC administration has reduced security challenges especially in the Benue North East and North West Senatorial districts. The Suswam administration could not achieve this feat but rather encouraged violence and thuggery by arming youths to fight political and other perceived opponents.
While the former Governor may not feel the impact because he has since lost touch with the constituents he sought to represent in the National Assembly, the beneficiaries continue to applaud Governor Ortom for the initiative.
The people of the state are currently showering praises on Governor Ortom for mobilizing contractors back to site on 11 roads which the immediate past administration abandoned and the award of contract for two new ones.
The 40 medical doctors which the former Governor deliberately allowed to stagnate at the Benue State University now have a positive story to tell following their graduation as a result of Governor Ortom’s payment of accreditation requirements of the College of Health Sciences at the Benue State University.
Major stakeholders in the health sector also appreciate Governor Ortom for the on-going reconstruction of the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery as well as the College of Health Technology, Agasha for reaccreditation which the former Governor neglected.
Similarly, if Senator Mark were in touch with his people they would have told him that water now flows in Otukpo taps following the present administration’s payment of N900 million to the contractor which enabled the resumption of water supply in the town as well as Katsina-Ala.
Senator Mark's constituents also currently see on-going massive road and other projects in the Benue South Senatorial District.
Time and space would not permit us to enumerate our achievements in the last one year in spite of obstacles deliberately left on our path.
However, our major challenge at the moment is the economic downturn caused by falling oil prices aggravated by PDP’s recklessness and plunder of resources during the days of prosperity.
As a result of the above, 27 states in the country including many of those controlled by the PDP have difficulties in paying workers’ salaries.
While the immediate past administration shrouded such a challenge in secrecy, the APC-government in the state has involved labour leaders in the disbursement process for accountability and transparency.
In spite of the lean financial resources, Benue State University has been paid up to date as a demonstration of the priority the state government attaches to education where massive facelift will soon commence on over 700 primary and 64 secondary schools.
Talk about elections, both Dr. Suswam and Senator Mark have never won any election without fraud.
As long as the polls are free and fair the two partners in crime know they are in trouble as it's currently happening at the tribunal for Senator Mark.
Meanwhile, our government is justifying the confidence of people at every turn.
With the comments earlier referred to, it is clear that PDP leaders have since lost touch with the reality on ground in Benue State.
What the former Governor needs to do is to mobilize the G52 to refund the N107 billion recommended by the Kpojime Commission.
With the return of the loot Governor Ortom will clear outstanding salary areas and sufficiently address the infrastructure deficit in the state.
See what he’s already doing with only N10 billion infrastructure loan.
Comrade Abba Yaro,
APC State Chairman.

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