“Campaign with your achievements”, Benue people to Ortom over “Fulani herdsmen” propaganda against Jime

The spectrum of responses on social media indicate that Benue people are begining to figure out the strategy of Governor Samuel Ortom against his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent in next years governorship elections, Barr Emmanuel Jime.
Following the news being spread on social media by hirelings of the governor with the title “Fulani group backs Jime for Benue governorship”, the responses from social media users have rather been against the government, tasking them to campaign with the governor’s achievements rather than hide behind the “Fulani herdsmen” propaganda against his opponent.
Barry Uzuah wrote, “It’s so annoying that rather than base campaigns in benue state on issues, we have retrogated to the use of herders as the singular tool for the governorship campaign. Let’s learn to tell the electorates what we intend to do if voted, achievements or what we intend to correct where we have failed in the past.”
Francis Achagh said, “What would you expect from People Deceiving Party (PDP). They have ran out of ideas. They started with ethnic based propergandA but ended voting for ATIKU.”
Justice Terungwa simply said “This is the handwork of PDP. God is not asleep.”
Recall that the pubic was warned about a week ago concerning the plan of Benue state government to sponsor advertorials in newspapers aimed at tarnishing the image of Barr Jime before the Benue electorate.
It read, “Rather than market his candidature to the people of the state, Governor Samuel Ortom’s media outfit has become a propaganda machinery, generating and publishing falsehood against the person and candidature of Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime.

“We are aware of their plan to use state funds to sponsor advertorials in national dailies purporting that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) congratulates Hon. Emmanuel Jime over his emergence as the Benue governorship flagbearer under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“This, like their previous and similar efforts, is aimed at linking the person and candidature of Hon. Jime to a herdsmen ethno-cultural organisation to create an illusion that he has an affinity to the organisation and is taking sides with them in the perennial impasse between herdsmen and farmers in the state, in order to discredit him before the Benue electorate in next year’s election.

“Just recently, they embarked on a failed attempt to label Hon. Jime’s mother a Fulani woman. This unfounded allegation has fallen like a pack of cards as Hon. Jime’s mother was well known and has no genealogical links with Fulani ethnicity. His mother, Mrs Usase Jime Tsav was the daughter of Amange from Mbabai council ward of Guma local government area and of full Tiv blood, with no disrespect to other ethnicities.

“The public is hereby alerted to be vigilant and aware of such gimmicks being employed by these people who don’t mean well for the State and its future; people who are making every effort to gain political mileage from this unfortunate circumstance that has claimed the lives of our people.

“Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime is committed to bringing a permanent end to the suffering of the people occasioned by herdsmen-farmers clashes. This he began since 2011 when he raised a motion on the floor of the House of representatives putting forward ranching as the panacea to this problem.

“This he will continue, when elected as Governor through strengthening the provisions of the existing open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law to ensure the safety of every life and property in the State.”

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  1. Governor Ortom is a joke to our state Benue. He can’t single out a project he has completed since he came into office as the governor of the state. It may take him more than 8years to renovate primary school toilets which is an insult to our state and the entire Tiv nation

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