By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi
BENUE State governor, Samuel Ortom has urged his supporters to ensure peaceful campaigns for the 2019 elections in the state.
The governor who spoke to thousands of supporters who stormed the gate of Government House, Makurdi to welcome him on his return from a pilgrimage to Israel said that as those who currently possess the people’s mandate, they should handle it with care and not allow political opponents distract them.
He noted that he had sought and obtained God’s blessings while in the Holy land, stressing that he was spiritually prepared to approach the elections with a focus on victory.
Ortom stated that God who worked through the people to make him governor in 2015 would ensure his reelection in 2019, stressing that there was no cause for alarm.
He charged his supporters to remain calm and be peaceful in mobilizing support for him and other Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidates for various elective positions, pointing out that they should not react even in the face of provocation.
The governor further stated that those working to destabilize the state using federal might would end up destabilizing themselves, noting that he and the masses of Benue were the federal might in the state and would not be intimidated.
He quoted the scripture which stated that a man can receive nothing except it is given to him from above, adding that God was the ultimate giver of power.