President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, yesterday commended leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benue State for conferring the leadership of the party on Governor Samuel Ortom saying the move would improve the Governor’s leadership.
Saraki stated this while speaking with journalists after the celebration of the 70th birthday of the Senator representing Benue North East, Senator Barnabas Gemade, at the NKST Church Low Level in Makurdi, the state capital.
He commended Ortom for taking over structures of the party, and restated the resolve of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly under his leadership to continue to stand with Benue people,saying that the days of impunity were coming to an end.
The Presidential aspirant on the ticket of the PDP, who also interacted with the PDP leadership in the state, declared that there are competent and qualified individuals within the north central Nigeria to provide leadership for the country, adding that the zone has worked for the stability of the PDP to keep the country going.
“We in the North Central Nigeria have paid our dues and I think we have competent and qualified persons in the zone to provide leadership for our country.
“My history with Benue State does not just start today. I known the very good relationship between my father Dr. Olusola Saraki and Late J. S Tarka and I have tried to keep the relationship intact”.
“I came to Benue for both politics and birthday. I came to be part of the celebration of a distinguished Nigerian Senator Gemade, who is celebrating his 70th birthday and ceased the opportunity to speak with Benue delegate.
“You know I have been going round the country to seeking the support of delegate ahead of the presidential convention coming very soon and I am very happy with the kind of reception the Benue delegates gave me and I am confident that they will reciprocate the same when the time comes”.
Senator Saraki congratulated the celebrant on his 70th birthday, describing him as a man of integrity, who has remained firm in the defence of his people on the floor of the senate.
Ortom, who also spoke at the occasion, appreciated members of the National Assembly for rising against impunity perpetrated in Benue State and other parts of the country.
The governor stated that people know their true friends in times of travails, stressing that the Senate President and other members of the National Assembly had indeed shown that they were true friends of Benue people when impunity was being supervised in the state.