2023: X-raying Ortom’s political brand
The prevailing situation undoubtedly illustrates that the political atmosphere in the country is becoming scorching and heated ahead of the 2023 general elections, with candidates and gladiators making strenuous efforts to put in place plans and strategies. aimed at winning elections at different levels. elective positions.
It is not improper for supporters to promote the political party of their choice and the respective candidates, especially when the embargo on election campaigns is fully lifted by the country’s electoral arbiter, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) . However, the electoral commission had previously announced February 18, 2023 for the presidential election, but following the signing of the amendments to the electoral bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, the commission published new dates – the presidential and presidential elections. National Assembly are scheduled for February. 25, 2023 while gubernatorial and state assembly elections will be held on March 11, 2023.
As events unfold, I find it compelling to write this article about the quietest go-getter in the political firmament of the nation, who is determined to serve his people of Benue State and Nigerians at large , regardless of the hype. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State appears to be one of the misjudged and misunderstood leaders.
It is rather unfortunate that most of his political opponents and troublemakers in his home state Benue had the opportunity to give back to the state but failed miserably while those at the national level did not. not even the courage and courage to speak and stand on the side of justice and fairness, regardless of who the gored ox is.
In fact, Governor Ortom’s excellent political credentials place him among his peers and contemporaries. He is a hard-line politician much to the chagrin of his detractors, who couldn’t help but watch him grow up amid all the controversies and orchestrated traffic jams. He was a party leader at both state and national level – Secretary of State for Publicity of the former National Center Party of Nigeria (NCPN). He served as State Treasurer of the All People’s Party (APP) and Secretary of State and Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before being appointed Director of Operations for the PDP’s Governor’s Campaign in the State of Benue in 2007 and Director of Administration. and the logistics of organizing the Goodluck/Sambo presidential campaign in 2011. Ortom was also the PDP’s National Auditor, prior to his appointment as Minister in July 2011 by President Goodluck Jonathan. Indeed, this profile is intimidating and incomparable!
Adored by his people, Ortom answered overflowing calls to toss his hat into the ring in 2015 at the All Progressives Congress (APC) rostrum. He has overwhelmingly defeated the army of self-centered power mongers, who are in politics to accumulate wealth rather than to serve the people and make a difference. He garnered 422,932 votes against PDP’s Terhemen Tarzoor, who garnered 313,878 votes to come out second.
In the run-up to the 2019 general election, those whose business it is to work against the interest of the silent majority ganged up against him in alliance with a certain federal power that was trying to impose hated candidates on the people of Benue State. Ortom and his team returned to the PDP and defeated APC’s Emmanuel Jime after winning a total of 434,473 votes against Abuja-backed Jime, who garnered 345,155 votes.
For those unaware, Ortom’s crime in the APC was his determination and tenacity to tell power at the center only the truth, especially about the prevailing insecurity and reckless economic policies and thoughtless actions of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. which has thrown this nation into a serious dilemma, despair and despair. He always speaks truth to power, especially to defend his people and Nigerians from a broader perspective.
Disgruntled federal-backed elements, after being shamelessly beaten in the ballot, devised another trick to impeach him, myopic and owl, in the DPP majority state assembly by alleging baseless acts of corruption against his administration. Despair is a cankerworm in the APC and its cohorts. How could any sane human being think about impeaching Governor Ortom in a state assembly where the APC has only three members out of 30?
Samuel Ortom recently championed fairness and justice in the ongoing leadership crisis rocking the PDP. He was also instrumental and also participated in several meetings aimed at bringing peace and unity to the party ahead of the 2023 general election.
Busy as it is, Ortom has been able to turn Benue State into an enviable status by building road infrastructure in every nook and corner of the state. Some of the roads have been duly completed while many others are still under construction. The Governor once said that the reason he had not commissioned the projects carried out by his administration in previous years was to save funds for other important projects – funds for the commissioning of such projects could be used to execute more development projects in certain parts of the state, hence his decision to ignore the idea.
But, due to the political significance of commissioning projects, Ortom subsequently repeatedly commissioned fully completed projects while launching new ones in parts of the state. Today, no sector of the state economy is forgotten in the Ortom’s transformation program.
Therefore, Governor Ortom’s attempt to represent the good people of Benue South West Senatorial District in the 19th Assembly is in the best interest of Nigerians regardless of their regional, religious or ethnic affiliations. The prevailing situation in the country requires strong and committed legislative support to help us out of the woodwork and Ortom is a strong and material voice that would ultimately reverse the rubber stamp in the red room syndrome – serious business requires people serious.
Iliya writes from Abuja.