Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on eligible voters not to vote for politicians with criminal tendencies and those who strive on lies.

Governor Ortom, who stated this in a goodwill message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, called for inter-religious cooperation to engender peace and harmonious coexistence.

He said occasional conflicts between and among various religions would never reoccur if the inter-religious dialogue is sustained.

The Governor then urged Christians in the country to remain steadfast in prayer to the almighty God to intervene in the myriads of security and socio-economic and political challenges facing the nation.

He enjoined them not to undermine the essence of the Christmas celebration on the altar of merriment, saying, “the sanctity of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is the reason for the celebration, is to re-enact the spirit of love, peace, good neighbourliness and forgiveness which our saviour preached.”

Governor Ortom particularly thanked the people of Benue State for their resilience and continued support and cooperation since 2015, when he was first elected as Governor of the State and enjoined them to remain steadfast to face the challenges ahead.

On the forthcoming general elections, Governor Ortom called on the people of the State and Nigeria to “vote in leaders who will be committed to the security of people and promote the well-being and development of the country. This is the only way we can rescue Nigeria from the poor leadership the outgoing APC administration has taken us to.

“In 2023 elections, we must look beyond partisan political lines to elect leaders who have been tested and trusted. Not those with criminal tendencies and thrive on lies, falsehood and deceit as their signature traits,” he emphasised.

He then urged all Nigerians to be vigilant during this festive season, cooperate with the security agencies, and report every suspicious movement of criminal elements in and around their areas, particularly the terrorists invading our communities to kill and displace our people from their ancestral homes.

He was however optimistic that the coming year would be prosperous for all citizens as the government was determined to clear all the bottlenecks hindering smooth administration.

The Governor reiterated that he would leave Benue State better than he met it.



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