…Ortom’s persecution reminiscence of Tarka era — Benue youths
By Peter Duru with agency report
MAKURDI—The leadership of All Progressives Congress, APC, has reportedly summoned Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, and George Akume, a former governor of the state, to Abuja for an “urgent meeting.”
Ortom and Akume are the two main actors in the tussle for leadership of the Benue State chapter of the party.
Quoting a source, NAN said Lawal Shu’aibu, Deputy National Chairman (North) of the APC, reached out to both men on Monday night.
The meeting followed an announcement by the governor that he was pulling out of the party.
Ortom’s persecution reminiscence of Tarka era — Benue youth
Meanwhile, Benue youth groups, on the aegis of Benue Youth Alliance for Ortom, have drummed support for the decision of Governor Ortom to quit APC, saying his travails for standing with the people in the face of adversity were reminiscence of the Senator Joseph Tarka era.
The group vowed to sustain their support for the governor in his concerted efforts to give a new direction to the state in spite of the persecutions he was facing from forces.
Reacting, yesterday, to the revelation by the governor that he had been shown a “red card” by his party, the APC, National Coordinator of the group, Iorliam Shija, insisted that no political leadership in the state would be acceptable to the people outside that which was provided by the governor.
Shija said: “Ortom’s presence on the political stage of the state is reminiscence of what was obtainable in the First Republic when late J.S. Tarka attempted the definition of minority rights in Nigeria.
“Since the era of Tarka, clear agenda and focused political leadership have eluded our state until the emergence of Ortom and it has become the duty of every Benue youth to save him this persecution by selfish politicians, whose actions are anti people.
“Ortom must be spared the ongoing persecution. When has it become a crime to stand by the people whose mandate you are holding in trust? We are satisfied with the unwavering determination of our governor to secure the future of our state at the expense of his comfort and political career.”