By Sunday Ogili
FORMER Governor of Benue State and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP senatorial candidate for Benue North East senatorial district, Gabriel Suswam has described Governor Samuel Ortom as a man with a big heart and courage for daring President Muhammadu Buhari as a result of the interest of his people.
The former governor who spoke at the NKST 2018 Synod in Mkar, Gboko Local Government Area at the weekend, the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law which Governor Ortom signed into law is clearly against the interest of the presidency, hence his witct-hunt by EFCC and other federal government agencies.
Suswam urged Benue people to set aside their political deferences and queue behind Governor Ortom who has risked his political ambition to defend his people against enemies of the state and is ready to do more.
He emphasized the need for the people to vote for Governor Ortom in 2019 as he has demonstrated unique determination to protect them at the detriment of his personal relationship with the presidency.
“It was you the clegymen who encouraged him to pass the bill. Please don’t abandon him now. Continue to pray and support him. If you abandon Ortom half way in this battle, it will discourage other children who have the intention to risk their lives for you”, Suswam stressed.
On his senatorial ambition, the former governor who said he has handed over his ambition to God however noted the impotence but for the people of Zone A and Benue to vote for energized and visionary leaders who know Nigeria and are known by Nigerians, stating that weak leaders will neither protect the people’s interest nor attract dividends to the state.