<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Groups and individuals coming to pay courtesy calls on the Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, have completely overwhelmed his Makurdi Judges Quarters residence such that he had to host other large groups in nearby Senator Dr George Akume’s house.
Also overwhelming are the gifts the visitors bring.
Community development associations, women, men, and youth groups as well as professionals, politicians, and individuals throng the residence to felicitate with their new governor.
Attempts by a team of aides led by campaign adviser, Terwase Orbunde, and erstwhile administrative secretary, Abrahams Kwaghngu and even Chief Dr Ortom himself to schedule the visits and bring sanity have so far proved abortive.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment, had to apologize to a delegation of community leaders from his locality in Guma local government area and several other groups for the rowdy situation.
He said those who gate crash always disrupt arrangements made with those who had booked appointment but that it was a moment of joy and therefore inappropriate to turn anyone away.
Yesterday large delegations from Gboko, Gwer, Makurdi, Obi, and Oju who had been scheduled to meet with Chief Dr Ortom could not find space in his residence and had to be moved to Senator Akume’s residence.
Last Thursday when the visits resumed after he returned from a trip to China, aides were astonished with the Governor-elect’s stamina as he stood in the scorching sun from morning till evening addressing groups after which he still met with others in his parlor, office or lounge until the early hours of the morning.
Initially scheduled to meet with about 10 groups he ended up with about 30.
Each group usually insisted on praying, making an address through leader of the delegation who most times read a written catalogue of demands and announced gifts brought after which Chief Dr Ortom responded and assisted with fare for the return trip.
Most times the groups and individuals insisted on taking a photograph with him and he always obliged.
So far Nzorov community in Guma local government area have presented the largest gifts comprising 3,000 yams, 10 cows, a ram, five 20 litres each of palm and ground nut oils, as well as baskets of fish and onions.
A team of women in the house has a hectic time serving food and water as well as other refreshments.