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Ignore Akume's diversionary tactic, he's reviving militia structure - Ortom

KINSMEN of Senator George Akume from Jemgbagh political axis, comprising Gboko, Buruku and Tarka have pledged their unalloyed support to Governor Samuel Ortom ahead of the 2019 elections.

This was disclosed by Mr Sam Tsumba, leader of Jemgbagh Elders Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP during a solidarity in Government House Makurdi yesterday to welcome the governor back to PDP.

Tsumba expressed the readiness of Jemgbah to stand behind the governor owing to his laudable performance in office, stressing that the appointment of many of their sons into key positions including Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, as SSG and acting Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue Service, Mr Terzunwe Atser would go a long way to garner support for him.

Others who spoke including elders Tarhule Nev, Ikyume Yongu and Mbakorlumun Chia for Buruku, Gboko and Tarka respectively, said they were solidly behind Governor Ortom whose leadership they said have provided purposeful leadership for Benue people.

On his part, a chieftain of the PDP in the state, Prince Yandev Amaabai said the party was lucky to have a ‘prodigal son’ who was pushed out of his father’s house empty handed only to return with much wealth.

The elders collectively acknowledged that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law is a landmark which they said has helped in no small measure in ending the activities of militia herdsmen in the state.

They vowed to recall any of their representatives in the State Assembly who is involved in the illegal impeachment move against Governor Samuel Ortom.

Responding, Governor Ortom expressed appreciation to the people of Jemgbagh for their show of solidarity, pledging that he would continue to work with them to salvage the state.

He noted that impunity should not be allowed to continue to rear its ugly head in the country, stressing that allegation of embezzlement of public funds were ridiculous and those behind such would be put to shame.

The governor commended members representing Buruku and Gboko East constituencies in the State Assembly, Mrs. Ngunan Adingi and Ngohemba Agaigbe for their steadfastness in the face of monetary inducements, describing them as worthy ambassadors of women.

Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, on behalf of government appointees from Jemgbagh, pledged total loyalty to the administration of Governor Ortom.

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