A leader of the organised labour in Benue State, Phillip Nongo, has attributed the triumph of Gov. Samuel Ortom in some parts of the state in the 2019 general elections to the support given to him by workers.
Concise News reports that Nongo, who was the Chairman, Planning Committee of the 2019 International Workers Day marked in the state at the IBB Square, Makurdi, says for the first time in the history of the state, a sitting governor won an election at the Government House polling unit and in Makurdi South state assembly unit.
He says the victory of the present government in the two areas particularly shows that workers voted for the return of Ortom as his predecessors lost elections in the past to opposition parties.
“Ortom made history during the general elections. History was made for the very first time as a sitting governor won elections at government house polling unit; a sitting governor also won the assembly seat in Makurdi South.
“This shows that workers voted for you (Ortom). It had never been done before that a sitting governor won the government house polling unit and Makurdi South, I can tell you that the reason was that most of the voters in the areas are workers,” he said.
Furthermore, Nongo urged the governor to live up to the expectation of the state workers in his second term of governance so as to leave a legacy that would be worthy of emulation.
Gov. Ortom, the PDP candidate, had polled 127 votes to defeat APC’s candidate, Barr. Emmanuel Jime, who scored 112 votes at the Benue State Government House polling unit in Makurdi.