Benue indigenes residing in Abuja have endorsed Emmanuel Jime, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for this year’s governorship election in the state.
This was the outcome of a parley between Jime and the Benue indigenes at an interactive forum in Abuja.
The event had in attendance hundreds of prominent Benue sons and daughters from different walks of life, including retired senior military officers, public servants, elder statesmen, business men, development experts, educationists, top politicians and media professionals.
In his speech, the governorship hopeful called for the support of all Benue people in the diaspora.
While highlighting the grim situation in Benue, he said it was in the hands of Benue people to halt the downward spiral being witnessed in the state.
He said: “The issues that confront us in Benue are very well documented. Every Benue son has a role to play in getting the state out of the deprivation it faces.
“Benue is at a crossroads, torn between great potential and crass incompetence. At no time has there been so much devastation in Benue as is the case today. It’s never been this bad.
“The people have never felt this hopeless. Our people’s hopes are modest and it’s easy to meet their hopes and expectations through honest and purposeful governance.”
He stressed further that although, government cannot solve all problems, it owed citizens a duty to set up the enabling environment for development and prosperity to thrive.
The candidate set out the six priority areas for his administration to be Security, economic prosperity, Education, Infrastructure and Urban Renewal, Healthcare Delivery, and Social Welfare.
He promised to prioritise capital expenditure over recurrent and develop strong public private partnerships as a major source of funding.