Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has revealed why ‘ the majority ’ of Benue residents are opposed to the re – election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.While explaining that the people of the state have ‘ nothing against Fulani people ’ as it is being insinuated , he adduced reasons for the Benue people ’ s alleged discontent with the President .
Ortom made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Makurdi and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT , Mr . Tahav Agerzua .
“ We have lived with the Fulani people for ages ; we have nothing against them . Even the Fulani people know that we have nothing against them , ” Ortom said ; recalling that Benue people voted overwhelmingly for former presidents Shehu Shagari and Umaru Yar ’ Adua in 1979 , 1983 and 2007 respectively .
“ We also voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 , but while Shagari and Yar ’ Adua reciprocated the support they received by patronising Benue people through federal appointments and projects , President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC have failed to register any positive federal presence in the state , ” Ortom said .
“ But from my findings, majority of Benue residents are opposed to the re – election of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC , because they have failed to register any positive federal presence in the state .
“ Many people also feel that the APC- led Federal Government has failed to secure lives and property , ’’ he added .
The governor promised to work with his predecessor , Dr. Gabriel Suswam , to bring development to the state .
The statement said that Ortom and Suswam had put the past behind them and had resolved to work together.
In the meantime , Suswam has appealed to Ortom ’ s close aides to educate the people on the governor ’ s achievements and his challenges .
He also urged Ortom to entrust his fate in God’ s hands so that the creator would always resolve challenges in the governor ’ s favour.
( NAN )
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