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Benue: Ortom speaks on successor

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Governor Samuel Ortom de Benue says he has no plans to anoint anyone as his successor.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Ortom, while addressing PDP stakeholders on Friday in Makurdi, assured them that he would allow the party to present the most acceptable candidate for the election of governor in 2023.

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“If someone tells you that I have anointed him as my successor, tell him he is lying. I will work with any candidate that the party presents in 2023 . No one should fool you that he is my anointed candidate for the general elections of 2023.”

However, the governor advised the party to respect the zoning arrangements while deciding that the people would contest the presidency and councilor positions in the local government elections scheduled for November 30.

“Zoning is the only thing that will give us the results we want at the end of the day. Zoning is very critical in politics.

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“I advise people who intend to challenge the council polls that go back if the zoning formula is not in their favor. If the zoning arrangement does not favor you, do not go there. I didn’t even buy the form. Do not waste your resources.

“We will establish a committee that will collect the results after the primary. We will analyze the results. Any applicant not favored by zoning will be disqualified We are going to do everything transparently. I will not impose any candidate.