The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has declared that he would run for a second term in the coming 2019 governorship election.

He said his decision was based on a directive from God.

He made the declaration when some party members drawn from 13 local government areas of the state visited him and endorsed him for second term.

Ortom had, in August 2016, informed youths across the state who called on him to declare his second term bid that he would await divine direction before his declaration.

He declared then that he would start prayer by the end of 2016 to seek divine direction on the second term bid and promised to make known God’s plan concerning the bid at the beginning of 2017.

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The governor then said if God gave him the go ahead, he would not hesitate; but promised to return to his farm and business if God said otherwise.

Ortom made the declaration on Thursday shortly after being endorsed by thousands of his supporters from his immediate constituency, including those from Guma, Makurdi, Gwer West, Gwer East and the nine local government areas of Benue South district.

The Governor said, “earlier when I was being pressured by so many groups to run again, I told the people that I can only declare to run after I had prayed and heard from God and if He gave me the nod to contest I would tell the people.

“I want to tell Benue people today that I have prayed and God has answered and directed that I should go and run again. So I am happy to inform the people of our state that we are moving ahead to 2019 and we will succeed.

“Earlier today my immediate constituency came here to endorse and compel me to run again and I told them about the directive I received from God. And since it is said that the voice of the people is the voice of God, I will therefore also not shun the call of the people asking to me run again."

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