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Benue dep. gov looks to Gov Ortom, on 2023 guber ambition

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By Henry Iyorkase, Makurdi. 

The deputy governor of Benue state, Engr Benson Abounu, has declared that his willingness to run in the 2023 election will depend on God and his boss, Governor Samuel Ortom.

Abounu made the declaration on Thursday while he spoke in audience with members of the correspondents’ chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Benue Council in his office in Makurdi. 

He stressed the need for collective endorsement of all relevant stakeholders; if not, it could be an exercise in futility. 

Abounu recalled, with nostalgia, 1999 when Engr Joseph Igbetar contested party primary ticket under the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, with Rev. Father Moses Adasu and won 11 local governments out of 13. Instead of being presented as flag bearer, a rerun was effected and Adasu eventually clinched the ticket. 

He concluded that “if, at all, am to contest the forthcoming elections critical stakeholders must affirm before I will make a move.” 

He concluded that “honestly, if my boss and Tiv people concede to the aspiration,” I will run, based on the agreement. As far as I am concerned, there are the majority and, if you, do not  receive  their blessings, nothing can be done to achieve your desire.”

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