A People’s Democratic Party, PDP chieftain in Benue State, Abu King Shuluwa has said that the party would capitalise on the lapses of the state governor, Samuel Ortom to wrestle power from him in 2019.
Shuluwa who spoke during the stakeholders meeting convened by Ortom at the weekend urged him to separate party politics from government and ensure that the interest of the state and people are placed first before party issues, noting that Benue as a state, is bigger than individual and party interests.
According to him, “Benue state is bigger than any individuals and political party interest so, don’t mix politics with governance. Benue state has suffered enough so we cannot allow any leader again to take the state for a ride.”
On the fight against corruption, the PDP chieftain urged the governor to investigate properly and ensure that those who looted public property or funds are made to refund them.
Earlier in his address, Gov Ortom said that he has stated during his inauguration that he would constitute a participatory government in which citizens would have their say and way.
“I did promise that our administration would promote the growth and development of our state in accordance with the democratic principles of due consultation, full disclosure, transparency, inclusive participation, responsive leadership, rule of law and due process. This forum therefore has been organized to demonstrate our commitment to fulfilling that pledge,” Ortom said.
The governor said the development blueprint of his administration which he christened Our Collective Vision For A New Benue will be unveiled to enable the people make inputs to transform it into a viable working document which will be domesticated for the collective good of the people.
He disclosed that a committee has been inaugurated to draft a long term development plan in line with the All Progressives Congress, APC manifesto and his adminstration’s blueprint.

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