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Why I directed appointees with political ambitions to resign – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Friday disclosed reasaon he directed appointees in his government with political ambitions for the 2023 general elections to resign.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Friday disclosed reasaon he directed appointees in his government with political ambitions for the 2023 general elections to resign.

At least 14 appointees of the state government, including four commissioners, the governor’s spokesman and his chief of staff tendered their resignation letters in accordance with the September 30, 2021 deadline.

Ortom said the need to finish strong propelled his directive.

He made the disclosure while answering questions from journalists in Makurdi shortly after the interdenominational church service held at Chapel of Grace in the Government House to mark the country’s 61st Independence Day celebration.

“They (appointees) are good people. I gave the directive that those who want to contest elections should resign and that’s what they have done. They have done the right thing by resigning.

“I will replace those who have resigned so that we can finish strong. If we finish strong, it becomes easier for whoever is nominated in my party (PDP) for any elective position to win the election,” he said.

The governor insisted that he had not anointed any candidate as his successor, adding that he would work for any of the aspirants who eventually emerges as the party’s flag bearer.