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  • Updated: March 28, 2023

2023 Election: Ortom Withdraws Suit From Tribunal

The Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has disclosed his decision to withdraw a suit filed to challenge the outcome of the National Assembly election which took place on February 25, 2023.

Governor Ortom who contested for the Benue North West senatorial seat and lost said his decision to withdraw his case is based on the need to pursue peace in the state, adding, God alone sets people in position.

Ortom who made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Makurdi the state capital noted that he has served the state in various capacities and will continue to serve in the remaining period of his tenure as the governor.

He further expressed gratitude to the people of the state for their support towards him and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) confirming his continuous collaboration with the party to enable a rise from the setbacks encountered.

Ortom said, "though there was glaring evidence of malpractices including non-transmission of results electronically during the conduct of the Benue North West Senatorial election, I have taken the decision to withdraw my case from the tribunal.

"As the Bible says in John 3:27 a man can receive nothing, except it is given to him from heaven.

"Let me add that the decision to withdraw my case from the court is in the interest of peace and without prejudice to the suits filed by other candidates of our party, PDP

"As a key political player in Benue State whose career has spanned over 40 years, the grace of God has taken me to key positions at the local, state and national levels within which period I rose to become a local government chairman, state secretary, state deputy chairman and national auditor of PDP, minister of the federal republic and now I am a two-term Governor.  

"I must commend the resilience of Benue people who went out to vote during the elections despite the glaring provocation and intimidation by the federal might.

"I particularly thank the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state for its support. 

"It has been an honour to serve the people of Benue State as Governor. Within this period, I have executed the mandate given to me by God almighty through Benue people and I will always be available and ready to carry out God’s mandate as He directs me.

"In the course of serving the state, I have always ensured equity, fairness, justice and the rule of law. 

"As a leader of PDP, I will continue to support the party in collaboration with other leaders to enable it to bounce back from the mistakes and drawbacks that are affecting it at the moment. 

"Let me reassure the people of Benue State that as Governor, I will continue to provide selfless service in all sectors of development till the end of my tenure on May 29, 2023.

"For those I might have offended in this journey of serving the state and our country, I seek their forgiveness, as I also forgive those who have offended me. 

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