Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, took turns to testify at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God during the church’s April Holy Ghost Service.
Governor Ortom started with a simple self-introduction, “I am Samuel Ortom,” but what was to follow was expected by the congregation.
He said but for the encouragement of the General Overseer of the church, Enoch Adeboye, and his wife, Folu, he would have quit contesting for a second term in office, which he eventually won.
He recalled: “When I wanted to contest for the 2015 election, I came to the Redemption Camp to pray and I went to Daddy and Mummy G.O. They prayed for me and despite all the challenges that accompanied the race, I became the governor and I was sworn in.
“In 2017, challenges came over me and I said I was not going to contest again in 2019, let me remain a one-term governor. The following day during my devotion, God asked me why I had decided to be a lone ranger. He assured me He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega.
“I picked up the courage, came to the altar and Daddy G. O. again. He prayed for me.
“But so many challenges came as we went through the race and there was this particular day before the election that Daddy GO called me when I was completely depressed and did not know what to do.
“After the prayer, we were encouraged again and went through the race. Again, despite all the challenges, God saw me through and I was elected the Governor of Benue State again. Praise be to the Lord.
Governor Emmanuel, who is a regular at the Holy Ghost Services, said: “The Bible says Thine O Lord, is the Greatness, and the Power and the Glory and the Victory! People say you can never win elections through prayers, I want to say that through prayers some of us have won elections. And it can only be God. To God only be glory, honour, majesty forever in Jesus name!”