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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has defended the interest of the people and thus deserves re-election, according to the Middle Belt Forum (MBF).

Ortom will seek re-election on Saturday as Nigerians elect their governors and members of the various State Houses of Assembly.

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Concise News understands that the President of MBF Pogu Bitrus said this in Makurdi, Benue state, over the weekend.

He said that the body made the decision after assessing the Ortom administration.

“We have assessed the performance of the Governor of Benue state Mr Samuel Ortom and have concluded that he has met the purpose of government by providing security and welfare to our people,” Bitrus added.

“He has stood firm in defending the interest of our people through the anti-open grazing law and risked all assault on his person and office from the federal government in defence of the peoples of Benue state, their lands and pride.

“Governor Ortom is a true Middle Belter and deserves our support. We call on the good people of Benue state to vote Ortom on March 9 to ensure the protection of our lands and restoration of our dignity and pride as a people.”