…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has expressed his plans to return to farming work after his term ends and the new administration takes office.
The incoming administration in Benue State is set to be sworn in on May 29, according to Naija News.
Acceptance of Election Outcome:
Despite his defeat in the recent general elections, Ortom has accepted the results, attributing it to the will of God.
He acknowledged the alleged distribution of funds to sway the people of Benue against him in the election but stated his acceptance and readiness to move forward.
Ortom even mentioned his willingness to support the new administration and, if not needed, to pursue his farming and business interests or even work as a freelance journalist.
Relations with President Buhari:
Ortom, during a press conference in Benue, addressed his changed stance towards President Muhammadu Buhari.
In response to Buhari’s statement about potentially seeking refuge in Niger Republic after leaving office, Ortom urged the President to stay in Nigeria and collaborate with the incoming administration to uplift the country and bring relief to the people.
He criticized Buhari’s governance, claiming that under his leadership, Benue State residents have endured severe hardships.
Forgiveness and Hope for the Future:
Governor Ortom expressed his forgiveness towards President Buhari, emphasizing that holding onto past grievances would not be productive.
He acknowledged the constitutional provision for a four-year term and expressed hope that the incoming administration would prioritize the well-being of Nigerians, particularly by addressing security challenges, promoting economic development, and ensuring peace.
Ortom highlighted the suffering endured during the past eight years and expressed optimism for a positive change in the future.
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