The recent endorsement of Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom by major Minda stakeholders had excited Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwarts from the Ipusu community in Makurdi who have associated themselves with the development.
The three most elderly politicians of Iharev extraction in the geopolitical axis, Iyo Iharev, Sylvanus Agagbe, and John Azulo had championed the endorsement of the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment for the 2015 Benue State governorship.
All the speakers for the four components of the community, Jechira, Jemgbagh, Kwande and Sankera also adopted the reasons the stakeholders gave for the endorsement.
They said Chief Dr. Ortom’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 provision of succor to those in need have made him an ideal governorship candidate.
Former deputy chairman of Makurdi local government area, Mr. Gabriel Iornenge spoke for Kwande, Paul Ugese, Sankera, Apeakaa Zaki, Jechira, and Augustine Ikura for Jemgbagh.
Spokesmen of the women and youths, Mary Shenge and Wilfred Iorgyer also supported the endorsement.
The speakers disclosed that they had constituted the PDP Ipusu Ortom Support group to work for the actualization of the Minister’s governorship aspiration on the party’s platform.
Leader of the group and former Makurdi local government deputy chairman, Mr. Terzungwe Usur stated that they also arrived at the choice of Chief Dr. Ortom for the position after reflection, prayers and observation of the current political trend.
He said the group decided to befriend a canoe man in the dry season so that he could take them across in the rainy one.
In his response the Minister expressed appreciation for the support and pledged to deploy his experience and wide range worldwide contacts to bring development to the state if given the mandate.
He assured that as someone who fought poverty and defeated it he would replicate the feat for the people of the entire state.
Media Adviser, Ortom Governorship Organization.
2nd September, 2014.