Benue Governor Samuel Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that he has no plans to anoint anybody as his successor, Concise News reports.

Ortom made this known while addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders on Friday in Makurdi, the state capital.

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The governor assured them that he would allow the party to field the most acceptable candidate for the governorship election in 2023.

Ortom said: “If someone tells you that I have anointed him as my successor, tell him that he is lying. I will work with any candidate that the party fields in 2023.

“Nobody should deceive you that he is my anointed candidate for the 2023 general elections.”

The governor, however, advised the party to respect zoning arrangements while deciding people to contest the chairmanship and councillorship seats in local government elections slated to hold Nov. 30.

“Zoning is the only thing that will give us the results we want at the end of the day. Zoning is very critical in politics.

“I advise people intending to contest the council polls to back down if the zoning formula is not in their favour. If you are not favoured by the zoning arrangement, do not go there. Do not even buy form. Do not waste your resources.

“We are going to set up a committee that will collect the results after the primaries. We will screen the results. Any aspirant not favoured by zoning will be disqualified.

“We are going to do everything in a transparent manner. I am not going to impose any candidate on you.”