Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that his administration will not stifle the opposition in the state so that democracy can thrive at its best.
Ortom made the remark while delivering his speech at IBB Square in Makurdi, during a reception held to celebrate his victory at the Supreme Court.
“Let me assure that we are not out to stifle the opposition. Democracy thrives best in the face of a vibrant opposition. Let all citizens of the state, however, drop political cleavages and focus on the Benue project for the future of our present and children yet unborn,” he said.
The governor also said his administration was committed to conducting council polls before the end of the second quarter of this year.
“Towards this end, we are determined to empower the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BESIEC) to conduct free, fair and credible elections to enthrone democratically elected councils. “Government shall not interfere, as our wish is that the elections shall truly reflect the will of the people. This is part of the change we shall provide,” Ortom said.