Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party of Iharev extraction from Makurdi, Guma and Gwer West local government areas of Benue State have expressed solidarity with Minda stakeholders who endorsed Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom for the governorship in 2015.
The chieftains included former members of the Benue State Executive Council, council chairmen, party executives, councilors, supervisors and grassroots politicians.
The party stalwarts made the disclosure during a courtesy call on the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Dr. Ortom, in Makurdi yesterday.
The delegation included Francis Nyibiam, former Special Adviser to the Governor, Clement Beetseh, James Pine, and Joseph Akaaza, former chairmen of Makurdi local government area as well as Godfrey Choghul, former Gwer West local government chairman.
Others were Elder Pius Ulevah, Justine Jande, Christopher Uyila, Boniface Ortese, Innocent Nyiyongu, Jerome Uyina, and Godwin Nyigba.
The politicians expressed appreciation for what they described as the apparent consensus by the majority in the four Tiv intermediate areas to concede the seat to the Minda political axis in the current dispensation.
According to them the position however, transcended the area hence the need to present a credible aspirant such as Chief Dr. Ortom whose acceptability cuts across the entire state.
They associated themselves with the reasons advanced for the endorsement including the Minister’s towering experience and impeccable service to his fatherland at all levels, enormous contacts, humane and God fearing nature, contributions to the socio-economic development of the state through employment of hundreds as well as succor to those in need.
The chieftains maintained that with the endorsement the Minda stakeholders particularly the eldest politicians among them such as Iyo Iharev, John Azulo and Sylvanus Agagbe have shown that they were men who had understanding of the times who knew what Benue ought to do in the current political dispensation.
In his response Chief Dr Ortom expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in him and pledged to justify it.
Media Adviser, Ortom Governorship Organization.