Gov. Ortom Rededicates Benue To God, Seeks Refund Of Looted Funds

Benue, Ortom, Looted FundsGovernor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to quickly investigate the alleged looting of over 151 billion Naira by officials of the previous administration and ensure its recoveries.

Mr Ortom made the call at a service for the rededication of Benue State and its people to God in the face of mounting economic and security challenges.

The interdenominational service, which held at the IBB Square to seek repentance before God, marked the end of a two-week state-wide prayer and fasting to seek lasting solutions to its socioeconomic challenges.

The rededication service commenced with a praise and worship session as the Governor and the congregation danced before God.

Founder, Dunamis International Gospel Church, Paul Enenche, preached on the significance of dedication and submission to God as the states seeks to break free from its challenges.

Also taking into account, the cooperate repentance of the state and her people, the Catholic Bishop of Makurdi, Bishop Wilfred Anagbe, charged the people to return to agriculture and shun idleness.

Governor Ortom then made the passionate appeal to the EFCC to help recover funds looted from the state.

In the end, he led the state exco members and some federal legislators to God as he prayed to break unholy ancestral covenants.

This led to joyous celebration among the participants.

Women Promised 45% Political Appointment If Jonathan Is Re-elected

nigerian womenNigerian women have been promised a new deal of 45 per cent political appointment  if  President Goodluck Jonathan is re-elected president for a second term in office in the March 28 election.

The promise was declared on Saturday when Women of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gathered in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to rally support for President Jonathan’s second term bid at the popular IBB square.

Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of the president, who addressed the rally  said the 10 per cent increase from the initial 35 per cent affirmative action was to reward the Nigerian women who had done exceptionally well for the nation.

The crowd of mainly PDP supporter at the IBB square, Makurdi, was led by governor Gabriel Suswam, his wife and top leaders of the party. They had come to welcome Nigeria’s first lady, who was in Benue State for the PDP women campaign for Jonathan.

Also at the rally, were different women support groups, seeking the re-election of the President.

The wife of the Benue State governor, Yemisi Suswam,  who led the women groups to the PDP women rally for Jonathan, urged them to do the needful on election day.

While the PDP women leader, Kema Chikwe and Mrs Sophie Terzor, wife of the PDP governorship candidate in Benue assured the first lady of their total support.

Governor Suswam also urged the women not to disappoint him, as they had always been his loyal supporters.

The coordinator of the Goodluck-Sambo Campaign Organisation in Benue, Mr Sam Odeh, while commending PDP women, said that the President had impacted positively on their lives to warrant their support.

Sam Ode Declares For Benue Governorship

Sam OdeFormer Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs and a governorship aspirant in Benue State, Dr. Sam Ode, has promised to fix the basic education sector challenges if elected Governor of Benue State.

While declaring his ambition to be governor come may 2015, Dr Sam Ode listed education, agriculture, cottage industries, health care and local government reforms as key sectors he would use to transform the state.

The governorship aspiration of Dr Sam Ode on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is considered favourable and capable of fixing the infrastructural and social needs of the state among the 18 aspirants seeking to replace Governor Gabriel Suswam.

This was evident as the former minister arrived the IBB Square for his formal declaration amidst rousing ovation from his supporters.

Leaders from the three senatorial zones of Benue State, Salem Astehe, Ioryue Yajir and Sunday Onehi, also brought endorsement messages from their people.

Political watchers say Dr Sam Ode is considered a bridge between the two most dominant tribes in Benue State, the Tiv and Idoma, hence the dominant support he seems to be enjoying.