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Why 2023 Elections May Not Hold - Benue Gov., Samuel Ortom

The Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, three days after he was attacked by herdsmen.

At the end of the meeting held behind closed doors, the governor told State House correspondents that with the current level of insecurity in the country, nobody would think of 2023 elections.

Also on Tuesday, the Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, in an interview on  Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme, said 2023 elections were under threat.

Recall that Ortom narrowly escaped assassination on Saturday when herdsmen attacked him on his farm near Makurdi.

In the interview with the State House correspondents, the Benue State governor said there was no way Nigerians could be talking of the 2023 elections without first securing the country.

He appealed to Nigerians not to allow their aspirations for the 2023 elections to jeopardise the unity and progress of the nation.

He said, “I want to also appeal to Nigerians. 2023, yes to a politician is not far, but it is still a long way. If we secure our country and everything is going fine, then we can talk about 2023.


“But the way things are going, if we don’t secure the country, there is no way we can be talking about 2023. For me, I want us as leaders of this country, we have taken oaths of office, let us abide by those things we have said and work together as a team; leave politics aside, leave ethnicity aside and secure the country. We have no other country than the Nigeria we live in.”

He warned those he said were fond of making inflammatory statements to desist forthwith.

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