Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has declared his intention to run for a second term and has promised to clear the backlog of salaries owed to his workers during his second term.
Speaking at the reception organised for members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from 13 local government areas of the state who visited him and endorsed him for second term, Ortom said he had received divine direction to seek re-election in 2019.
In 2016, Ortom had vowed to return to his farm and business if God does not give him the go ahead to seek re-election. According to him, enormous pressure was mounted on him which forced him to take the matter to God for directions.
“After pressure from people to contest in 2019, I decided to seek divine directive, God told me to hearken to the voice of the people. On this note, I have agreed to make myself available and will contest in 2019,” he said.
Salary-owing governor: Governor Ortom was mostly in the news for the wrong reasons in 2017. It was either one union in the state was protesting non-payment of salaries or another association was downing tools to protest lack of incentives and terrible working conditions. At some point, it took the intervention of the National leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to resolve the recurring labour disputes with Ortom’s government.
For the most part, the Governor blamed the state’s financial status and reduction in federal government allocation for the state’s economic woes.
Ortom has now promised to put an end to all the suffering and plight of his workers if he gets a second term as governor.
“I’m more committed now than before to offer service to the people. The endorsement has encouraged me, because the voice of the people is the voice of God,” he said.