From Msughshima Andrew, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says he has forgiven those who plotted to illegally impeach him as Governor.
Ortom stated this, today, at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, North Bank, Makurdi, during a thanksgiving service in his honour and the Majority Leader of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Avine Agbom.
Governor Ortom explained that his decision was based on the conviction that as a Christian, one is forgiven by God to forgive other fellow humans for their wrongs.
The Governor stated that though he has forgiven the persons behind the failed impeachment move, those who were part of the plot have the moral duty to publicly cleanse the smear they poured on him.
He said some of the assembly members who wanted him impeached have realised their mistakes and are retracing their steps to join the PDP fold.
Governor Ortom stated that his determination to continue to save lives and property remains unwavering, saying he set up a foundation about 16 years ago to help treat snake bite patients from all parts of the state.
He acknowledged the support of the Church, Mr. Avine Agbom and the entire Benue people to the sustenance of peace in the state.
Governor Ortom directed the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar to construct a block of classrooms at St. Mary’s Secondary School North Bank as part of his intervention in the school.
Hon. Avine Agbom, while expressing appreciation to the parishioners for their show of love for him and Governor Ortom, said he had decided to take a bow from the race to return to the State Assembly so as to pave the way for younger people to be given the opportunity to also serve.
He said his concern at the moment was the reelection of the Governor whom he emphasized, loves and cares for Benue people.
In a sermon, Reverend Father Moses Iorapuu urged Christians to avoid anything that would make their names not to be written in the book of life.
He further advised them against fear which, according to him, had hindered the progress of many.