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Former NEXIM Bank MD emerges as YPP consensus governorship candidate in Benue



Former Managing Director of the Nigeria Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank, Chief Roberts Orya, has emerged as the consensus gubernatorial candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in Benue.

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In his acceptance speech on Sunday in Makurdi, Orya promised the people of Benue free education

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He promised to employ qualified teachers for qualitative science and technology education for a better Benue, noting that science and technology were employed as tool for development globally.

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Orya stated that left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as he could not actualise his governorship ambition there because of injustice occasioned by the party’s zoning arrangement.

He said the actualisation of his governorship ambition made him to join the YPP.

He condemned the zoning of elective positions in Benue which he said had denied the state of quality leadership, emphasising that he would abolish it if he becomes governor.

“I am coming to address the problems of Benue with a two-point agenda, which is economy and security. If you solve the problem of economy, automatically the problem of security is solved.

“Right now as it is, your state Benue has so much debt, salaries have remained unpaid and pensioners are suffering.

“Benue needs someone that has deep knowledge of the economy; one who has the desire to develop the state; one who has the capability and experience.

“I have experience in banking and in the economic sector and have come to save the state.

Orya lamented that Benue youths engaged in menial jobs outside the state because of lack of employment opportunities in Benue.
“Our children have become slaves to others; labouring as guards in distant lands because there are no jobs for them in their own state.

“My vision is to build Benue that will make youths fully engaged and their destinies will be guaranteed.

“The time has come for you the youths of the state to take your destiny into your own hands. Nobody will give power to you on a platter; you must fight for it,’’ Orya said.

In his remarks, YPP chairman in Benue, Dr Gwadue Hough, said he resigned from his profession as a medical doctor to contribute his quota to the shaping of the future of his children.

He lamented the decay in leadership Benue, stressing that it caused so much suffering to people leaving the young, particularly children without hope.

Hough noted that YPP would not make impact and take over the leadership of Benue and of Nigeria only if the world suddenly came to an end.


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