Callers on a Harvest FM Makurdi live audience participation phone-in program Saturday morning eulogized Chief Dr Samuel Ortom describing him as a role model who does not blow his trumpet.
Versatile broadcaster, Simon Iwar, hosted the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment on a special edition of the program, Democracy and the people.
The callers, who simply identified themselves as Isaac from Konshisha and Jacob from Gboko commended the 2015 governorship aspirant in Benue State for what they described as his show of maturity during consultations and urged him to remain focused.
Jacob described Chief Dr Ortom who aspires on PDP platform as his role model saying the life story of the Minister challenged him to strive to achieve great things for himself and society.
Another caller whose name was not audible recounted the contributions of Chief Dr Ortom to the development of Benue State through his Oracle business outfit and its foundation.
He said he was a beneficiary of the snake bite treatment scheme and also knew numerous other people whose lives have also been positively affected by the education and employment initiatives of the foundation.
The caller said the figure of 400 people which the minister had said were in the employment of outfits was conservative saying he thought they were about 2000.
Others sought to know why Chief Ortom was leaving his position as minister to contest election and he answered that he had completed his assignment at that post and was leaving it with the approval of major stakeholders in the state.
He stressed that although he was no longer a tout he kept repeating his humble beginning so as to inspire those in similar positions not to follow wayward paths but rather seek to lift themselves through faith in God and determination in order to improve their lives.
On how he would power the industries which he said he would initiate as governor Chief Dr Ortom said he hoped the power sector would improve with the current privatization exercise otherwise he would seek for investors who would turn the challenge into an opportunity like several other states had done.