Former Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that God has overwhelmed him with blessings in all spheres of life saying he was eternally grateful to Him.
He made the disclosure at a thanksgiving service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Mega Parish, Gboko Road, Makurdi, last Sunday, 26th October, 2014.
He said the blessings have manifested in his life and family as well as business and political careers pointing out that only God’s grace could have led to his recent successful outing as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria holding two port folios at a time.
The former Minister expressed appreciation to the Christian community for their prayers, President Goodluck Jonathan for giving him the opportunity to serve at the highest level in the country and Governor Gabriel Suswam for giving him the support base.
According to him it was appropriate that he would return to give thanks to God in his local church which had prayed for him at the beginning of his tenure as minister.
Chief Dr Ortom pledged to serve God and humanity for the rest of his life stressing that God told him in 2004 that He had settled him and given him the mandate to settle others.
He said he chose early in life to comply with what the Bible admonished in Job 36:11 rather than allow what was stated in verse 12 of that chapter to affect him.
Benue State Governor, Dr. Suswam, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Steven Lawani, described the former minister as a patriotic son of the state who worked in synergy with the state government while he served as minister.
Dr Emmanuel Agbo, State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, on which platform Chief Dr. Ortom aspires to be governor in 2015 stated that the aspirant was a loyal and dedicated party man who was familiar with the terrain.
Presiding Minister at the service, Pastor Mike Ayanbode in his sermon reiterated that God always exalts and blesses his humble and obedient children as exhibited in the life of the former minister pointing out that Chief Dr. Ortom was also faithful in his church responsibilities.
He said thanksgiving and appreciation were proof of great faith which he said the former minister possessed adding that attitude of gratitude was not a talent but a choice which he made.
Renowned gospel musician, Mike Jerusalem moved the congregation to ecstatic worship with a thrilling special number while women and men’s groups also gave theirs.
Ministers of the gospel prayed over Chief Dr Ortom and requested God to grant him success in the governorship race.
Other governorship aspirants including Dr. Tivlumun Nyitse, Prince Simon Aondoana, Honorable David Iorhemba, Prince Andy Uwouku, were personally present while Dr. Eugene Aliegba sent a representative.
The Ter Gwer, Chief Dominic Akpe led a large delegation of traditional rulers, Chief Abu King Shuluwa and his wife Chief Mrs. Elizabeth Shuluwa as well as PDP State Deputy Chairman, Chief Joe Nyam and State party Secretary, Honorable Bem Dzoho were also present.