Akume condemns inflammatory, political statements against Ortom, says Gov is a covenant child
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, yesterday condemned inflammatory and political statements being made against the governor of Benue state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, and his administration.
Senator Akume made his points while extolling Governor Ortom’s virtues at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Gboko road where a thanksgiving service was held to mark the 60th birthday of the governor.
Represented by his wife, Chief Mrs Regina Akume, the minister who said that God has a covenant with Governor Ortom urged Benue people to be obedient unto to his words. He urged Benue people to continue to support the governor through their prayers.
Akume also lamented the constant insults and unnecessary criticisms on leaders, stressing that it was time to do the will of God as nobody has any business other than praying for the Governor.
Hee prayed that the governor holds unto God and rises to the wing of an eagle, saying that’s his limit.
Also speaking, Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Professor James Ayatse described the Governor as focused and forthright in both his private and public life, saying he does not interfere in the running of the traditional institution but rather insists on fairness and justice for all.
In his own speech, State Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu acknowledged Mrs Eunice Ortom as the strongest support of the Governor through prayers, saying Governor Ortom had always allowed him to have his say, describing him as a good manager.
Engineer Abounu noted that the Governor has given him opportunities for which he would eternally remain grateful, pointing out that Governor Ortom had never given him an opportunity to have a quarrel or misunderstanding with him.
Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Aondover Kaka’an in a testimony said the Governor had impacted positively on the Judiciary in the State, saying he is a beneficiary of the Governor’s forthrightness for insisting that leadership succession in the Judiciary depends strictly on seniority.
Senator representing Benue North West, Rt Hon Orker Jev said Nigeria is in turmoil and people are afraid to speak but Governor Ortom had broken the jinx, saying he had made them from the National Assembly very proud.
He encouraged the Governor to continue to speak out the truth to Nigerians, saying if one portion of the country is bad, it would affect others.
House of Representatives Member for Gwer-Gwer West, Hon Mark Gbillah who spoke for his colleagues, thanked the First Laady for standing by the Governor at all times.
He noted that Governor Ortom is a child of destiny, saying God equips the called and does not call the equiped, even as he pledged their continued support to the Ortom-led administration.
Wife of the Governor, Dr Eunice Ortom said it was a huge milestone in the life of someone special to her, saying she had seen the Governor faced challenges but still remains himself, adding that the family remains grateful to all that have identified with them.
Governor Ortom received presentations from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, National Union of Benue Students, Redeemer’s Men Fellowship and numerous other groups.