Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he would still appoint Terver Akase as his Chief Press Secretary if given the opportunity to do so.
Ortom stated this in Government House during a valedictory meeting with all his appointees who recently resigned from his administration to pursue their political ambitions.
Governor Ortom who described Akase as a dependable aide and seasoned professional in his field expressed satisfaction with the ways and manner he handled his media affairs during the six years that he served him.
He, however, noted that he had to let him go to pursue his desire to occupy a higher political office of Governor of Benue come 2023.
Ortom who described his appointees as a tact team thanked those who resigned for their services and contributions to his administration saying “If you have not chosen to resign, you would have remained.”
He warned political aspirants against engaging in desperate politics saying their aspiration should not be a do or die affair.
‘Whatever you are aspiring for should not be a matter of life and death. The Bible says a man can receive nothing except it is given to him by God.
While admonishing them not to begrudge anyone, Ortom pointed out that it would be impossible for all the 30 PDP governorship aspirants to become Governor of Benue State at the same time.
Recalling his experience in 2015 and 2019, the Governor said “When it’s your turn, nobody can stop you. If in the end, you don’t make it, it does not mean that God has dumped you. Don’t be dejected because you don’t know what would have happened to you if you get the position.
“One thing I can do to help is to lead by example. As leader of the party in Benue, I will ensure equity, fairness and justice.”
“Anyone intending to contest should liaise with their constituencies and mine is just to monitor. The preference I can give is to ensure that you’re not shortchanged.
“By the grace of God, as we did during the local government election, we shall arrive at a consensus. We are going to sit as a party to decide where the governorship should be zoned to.
“I believe that God will give me the wisdom to be able to do what is acceptable to all. But where we cannot, we will organise a free and fair primaries that will throw up our candidate,” he said.
Some of the former appointees; former Chief of Staff, Terwase Orbunde, Commissioner for Information, Ngunan Addingi, Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase and Senior Special Assistant, James Igbudu thanked the Governor for giving them the opportunity to serve in his government.