Jemgbagh Concerned Youths Forum, JCYF, has commended the Gboko Local Government Council and the Gboko Traditional Council for honouring Governor Samuel Ortom and his wife with traditional titles.
The group said the title conferred on the Governor is a mark of an achiever.
In a statement signed by its President, Comr. Philip Hundu said the honour is a mark of Governor Ortom’s acceptance in Gboko, Jemgbagh and across Benue State.
The statement reads: “The Jemgbagh Concerned Youths Forum, JCYF commends the Gboko Local Government Council and the Gboko Traditional Council for honouring Governor Samuel Ortom and his wife with traditional titles.
“The JCYF says the gesture has clearly shown that Governor Ortom is not only appreciated for the massive transformation of Gboko and the entire Jemgbagh, but is widely accepted as a worthy ally of Jemgbagh people.
“The Forum notes that the overwhelming show of love and recognition of Governor Ortom has indicated that those who recently embarked on a journey to poison the minds of Gboko people and Jemgbagh generally against Ortom have failed.
“The body is upbeat that the few people who were deceived into having negative feelings about Governor Ortom over the battles their son, Dr. Ayu is facing in his position as the National Chairman of the PDP may have seen the light by the uncommon decision taken by the political and traditional leadership of Gboko.
“The JCYF wonders why a man who has changed the infrastructural and economic realities of Jemgbagh and Gboko in particular could be said to be an enemy of the people when all along, he has made their area a priority.
“It urges other Local Governments Councils and Traditional institutions in the Jemgbagh intermediate area to emulate the bold statement made by Gboko as a mark of appreciation to the Governor for doing so much for them.
“The Jemgbagh Concerned Youths Forum calls on some sons and daughters of Gboko who have lost political relevance to make frantic efforts towards reviving their political fortunes rather than desperate moves to cause disaffection between the people and Governor Ortom who has done for them what no one, not even their own son who held sway between 1999 and 2003 had ever for them.
“The youths group pledges its total support for Governor Ortom and urges him to remain focused and undaunted in protecting the interest of Jemgbagh people as he has always done.
“The JCYF equally enjoins youths in Jemgbagh to shun the antics of unruly politicians who are out to use them for mischief and other unprofitable ventures.”