The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Emmanuel Jime, has indicated that he has no plans to repeal the state’s law prohibiting open livestock grazing, contrary to the propaganda in some quarters that he is sponsored by certain groups opposed to the law.
He stated this at a thanksgiving service and reception organised in his honour at NKST Central, Zaki Biam. Jime told the people that he heard very clearly their cries as expressed by Solomon Wombo. He assured that his government would not tow the path of Governor Samuel Ortom, who instead of attracting democratic dividends to the state had brought untold hardship to the people.
He said: “When your son Gabriel (Suswan) was governor of this state and was working closely with former President Goodluck Jonathan, he did not bring us excuses. He attracted quite a number of federal appointments to our children. One of the key beneficiaries of those appointments was Samuel Ortom, as he was appointed to serve in very key ministries (Trade and Investment, and Aviation). What has Gov. Samuel Ortom attracted to Benue State since he became governor three and half years ago?
“Today, he goes about telling people that I am a Fulani man who is sponsored to repeal the state’s anti grazing law. I want to tell you in very simple language that neither I, nor my mother is Fulani. I am also not coming to repeal any law; instead I would strengthen the law to the benefit of Benue people and robustly engage security agencies and other stakeholders for full adherence, as opposed to what obtains now.
“Between a lawyer with over 10 years experience in lawmaking and one with no knowledge of lawmaking who will guarantee a law to work?”
Earlier, the Director-General of Jime/Ode Governorship Campaign Organisation, Senator Jacob Tilley Gyado, assured the governorship hopeful that Sankera people are very trustworthy people. He said: “They have stood behind me and have never denied me any favours since I joined partisan politics in the 1970s. Right now, I owe them a debt of gratitude. I have been looking for ways to pay and I believe Jime is better positioned to pay that debt on my behalf.”
He, therefore, urged the people to mobilise massive support for his victory at the poll.
Others who spoke at the occasion were the senatorial candidate of the APC Zone A, Mrs. Mimi Adzape Orubibi, and her counterpart for the Katsina Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency.
They charged the people of the area to vote for all the candidates to the APC, so that they will team up with the governorship candidate and Presidnt Muhammadu Buhari to attract positive development to the people of Sankera and the entire Benue State.