Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on the electorate in the state to vote for all Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidates in the forthcoming general elections.
He gave the charge on Friday at Tse-Kuegh Anyia, Mbagbera in Vandeikya Local Government Area of the state at the burial of late Pa Shaapera Anyia.
The Governor stated that the ruling party had failed to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians hence the need to give a reformed PDP another chance.
He appealed to voters in the state to vote for all the candidates of the PDP without discrimination.
The Governor stated that the Presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who is a chieftaincy title holder in the state, would better protect the interest of the Tiv nation and Benue people in general.
He noted that the Benue North East Senatorial candidate and former Governor of the state, Dr Gabriel Suswam, was best equipped to represent the district having served well in the House of Representatives and also acquired more experience as the chief executive of the state.
Governor Ortom also appealed to the people of Kyan constituency to reelect the Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba, stressing that he would support him to retain his position if he won a second term.
He stated that the House of Representatives Candidate of the PDP for Jechira, Mr. Benedict Kume is well known to the people, haven served as council chairman and should also be voted to represent them at the National Assembly.
The Governor described the late Anyia as a father to him, pointing out that he learnt how to repair bicycle under the deceased before he later moved to the motor park where he started life as a tout before growing through the ranks to become a driver.
He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the loss, noting however that the late Anyia died at a prime age and gave his life to Christ.
In separate funeral orations, Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr. Titus Uba, Ter Kunav, Chief Nyiyongu Achiaku and former PDP local government chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Anor, pledged their unflinching support for the Governor, and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
Elder Dominic Kuegh who spoke on behalf of the family, expressed appreciation to the Governor for his support to the family over the years especially in their times of bereavement, stressing that his kind gesture would be reciprocated.