Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has been elected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Benue North-West senatorial district.
Ortom, who emerged as a consensus candidate as he was the sole aspirant for the poll, appreciated the people for believing in him.
He said, “I appreciate God for today and Benue people, especially Benue North West senatorial district for adopting me as the sole candidate of the PDP for the election in the zone,” he said while addressing reporters on Monday at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.
“What can I say? I want to express my inestimable appreciation to the people for standing with me as governor of Benue State and for giving me another opportunity before my tenure finishes.”
Ortom, after the exercise, had an audience with reporters in the company of the PDP Chairman in Benue, John Ngbede, and some members of the State Executive Council.
The incumbent lawmaker representing Benue North-West senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Oker’Jev, had earlier assured that he would not seek re-election.
Ortom told the people of the senatorial district, “My pledge and commitment to the people is that I will continue to do my best, I will put them first. Benue people, especially the Benue North-West senatorial district will be my priority.
“They will be on my first-line charge in all that I do. I will not leave them. This uncommon support that they have given me, I have nothing to pay back than to remain their loyal servant and to work with them, to give all that I have for their service.”