A delegation of Senator George Akume’s kinsmen drawn from Gboko, Buruku and Tarka local government areas referred to as Jemgbah by the Tiv, today pledged their support to Governor Samuel Ortom’s reelection in 2019.
Speaking at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi during a courtesy call on the Governor by Jemgagh Elders Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Samuel Tsumba, said the visit was to register their solidarity with the Governor and to welcome him back to his former party.
He expressed the readiness of Jemgbah to stand behind the Governor owing to his laudable performance in office.
Mr Tsumba stressed that the appointment of many of their sons into key positions including Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, as SSG and acting Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue Service, Mr Terzungwe Atser has boosted support for Governor Ortom in the area.
Others elders who spoke including Messrs Tarhule Nev, Ikyume Yongu and Mbakorlumun Chia for Buruku, Gboko and Tarka respectively said they were solidly behind the Governor so that he could continue to provide purposeful leadership for Benue people.
A chieftain of the PDP in the state, Prince Yandev Amaabai, said the party was lucky to have a ‘prodigal son’ who was pushed out of his father’s house empty handed only to return with wealth.
They also expressed appreciation for the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 describing it as landmark while stressing that the law had helped in no small measure in curbing the activities of militia herdsmen.
The elders stated that they would recall any of their representatives in the State Assembly who got involved in the illegal impeachment move against Governor Ortom.
The Governor thanked Jemgbagh people for their show of solidarity, pledging that he would continue to work with them to salvage the state.
He noted that impunity should not be allowed to continue to rear its ugly head in the country, adding that allegations of embezzlement of public funds levelled against him were ridiculous and that those behind such would be put to shame.
Governor Ortom commended members representing Buruku and Gboko East constituencies in the State Assembly, Mrs. Ngunan Adingi and Ngohemba Agaigbe for their steadfastness in the face of inducements, describing them as worthy ambassadors of women.
Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, pledged the loyalty of government appointees from Jemgbagh to the Ortom administration.