In a surprise twist of events, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has announced his intention to return to his roots as a farmer following his loss in the recent senatorial elections.
Ortom, an industrialist and a farmer, who contested to represent Benue North-West Senatorial District, expressed his faith in divine intervention, stating that he received a message 20 years ago that he would become governor in 2015. He said that if God didn’t permit him to win, he would return to his farm and business, a promise he is set to fulfill.
As a result, Governor Ortom has withdrawn his case from the tribunal against the winner of the election, Titus Zam, the APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Governor apologized to those he may have offended during his tenure, seeking forgiveness from them.
A close associate of the Governor, who spoke anonymously, commended Ortom’s efforts in curbing insecurity in the state and stated that the state still needs his advice and wise counsel in many areas.
Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Onyebuchi Ememanka, stated that it was too early for the governor to start thinking about his next move with two months left in office. Ememanka said Governor Ikpeazu is focused on delivering on his campaign promises and does not want to be distracted by any other thought.
On the other hand, the next move of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State remains uncertain, pending the outcome of the supplementary election in the Sokoto South senatorial district seat, where he is the leading candidate.
As Governor Ortom prepares to return to his farming business, it is clear that his decision has struck a chord with the people of Benue State, who recognize the value of agriculture to the economy of the state. His decision is a testament to his commitment to his roots and a reminder that politics is not the only way to serve the people.
The Governor’s announcement has also sparked discussions about the importance of agriculture and the need to invest in the sector. With the right policies and investments, agriculture can provide employment opportunities and boost the economy of the state.
In conclusion, Governor Ortom’s decision to return to his farming business following his loss in the senatorial election is a reminder that there is life beyond politics. His decision to invest in agriculture should be an inspiration to other politicians to prioritize investments in sectors that can drive economic growth and provide employment opportunities for the people.