By James Ibechi
Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom has extolled the virtues of late Chief Paul Ogbu, saying his death is a great loss not only in Igede, but also in the entire Benue political environment.
Govenor Ortorm who described the departed former chairman of the Oju LGA chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as an embodiment of solution to political issues, recalled how he and many successful politicians today had relied on late Chief Ogbu’s political ingenuity to solve political issues in the past.
Represented by Chief Odeh Ageh, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, at the burial of the deceased in his hometown of Anyiwogbu Ibilla in Oju LGA on Tuesday, the governor said the vacuum created by Chief Ogbu’s exit would be difficult to fill.
He noted that late Chief Ogbu has no doubt left indelible prints in the sands of time as exemplified in all his years in the political development of Benue State, adding that, Igede people and the state at large will miss his wealth of political experience and good counsel.
Chief Ortom who advised politicians to emulate Chief Ogbu’s politics of peace and non-violence, condoled with the family of the deceased, praying God to give them the fortitude to bear his loss.
He said his administration is working tirelessly to pull the state back to stability from the ruins and hardship occasioned by the misrule of the immediate past administration.
On the insinuation that the APC’s change slogan has turned to “chain”, the governor dismissed it saying that the enormity of the destruction done to the state and the nation at large by the immediate past PDP regime was so great that it was not practically possible to correct it overnight.
He said, however, that his administration is on course to forging lasting and sustainable development in the state, and that it would soon overcome its many problems including salary issues.