Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary(CPS) to Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has resigned.
Akase tendered his resignation on Wednesday in order to focus on his 2023 governorship ambition.
The former CPS disclosed this at a press conference in Makurdi while unveiling his plan for the forthcoming general elections.
“I tendered my resignation this morning. Officially, I have resigned to focus on my governorship ambition.
“I’m grateful to God that he guided and protected me all through the six years of my duties.
“God willing, I will be the next governor of Benue State. I believe that the experiences I have garnered here (as spokesperson) and learning from one of the best, I shall not fail.
“Our project is christened, ‘Project Benue’, it is our project. I believe that together we will succeed,” he said.
Akase is the first among the governor’s aides nursing 2023 political ambition to resign from office.
He said that his principal accepted his resignation letter.
Akase further reeled out his administration’s blueprint to include improving security, health, internally generated revenue, agriculture, governance among others.
Recall that Ortom had few months ago directed all his appointees nursing political ambitions in 2023 to resign their appointments not later than the end of September 2021.
Ortom had predicted that his successor in 2023 would emerge from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor had made the prediction when he received executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Guma Local Government Area, led by Engr Conrad Utaan, who came intimate him that they were leaving the APC to join the PDP.
“In 2023, the governor who would replace me will be from PDP. The person, I don’t know yet but he is going to be from our party.
“We are not going to lose election in this state. We shall change the change in 2023,” he said.
The governor had, earlier in June unveiled Akase and six others from the PDP during a political outing in Gboko as contenders for the governorship seat.