Sunday, 17 May 2015

I’ll Not Steal Benue’s Money – Governor Elect

 Chief Samuel Ortom yesterday said that he would not steal government money when sworn in as governor of the state, saying he had vowed before he went into the polls.

Ortom stated this in Makurdi during an interaction with religious groups including leaders of the NKST Central, Wadata-Makurdi; St. Francis Quasi Parish, Akpen, the management of Bishop Murray Medical Centre, as well as leaders of the Redeemed Evangelical Church Mission (REM) from Gboko.

According to him, he is grateful to God who he said elevated him from humble beginnings to his present status and noted that he is contented with what he had and no longer needed to acquire more material things hence his vow not to embezzle government money.

He said he never had and did not need a foreign account and promised to lead by example by shunning illegal acquisition of wealth.

The former minister of state, Industry, Trade, and Investment however, reiterated his resolve to have zero tolerance for corruption in his administration and disclosed that he had already read the riot act to his family never to accept questionable gifts on his behalf.

Ortom further attributed his victory at the polls to the fervent prayers of believers and that he shunned all advice to consult with fetish powers believing that power belongs to the Almighty God alone who he said ruled in the affairs of men and solicited more prayers for the success of his administration.

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