Benue: Ortom Bans Aides From Campaigning For 2023, Asks Them To Resign
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked all his appointees to halt any form of campaign for themselves or for others ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Ortom stated this during a discussion with newsmen at the Benue Government House on Wednesday.
The governor stated that it was too early for any of his appointees to engage in campaigns or political consultations, as the 2023 election was still far.
He warned that any of his appointees who fails to obey the directive will have to resign and concentrate on campaigning for 2023.
According to Ortom, it would amount to conflict of interests to remain in government and be campaigning for political positions.
He also directed Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, to communicate the decision to all appointees.
In a related development, Ortom has announced that he has recovered from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Naija News reports that the Benue governor had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on January 27, 2021.
Ortom urged those who have come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for a COVID-19 test.
But speaking to newsmen on Wednesday at the new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi, Ortom said the result of his samples tested for COVID-19 has returned negative.
The governor appreciated his deputy, Benson Abounu, for piloting the affairs of the state while he was away in isolation. He also applauded his cabinet members for being loyal and dedicated.