Benue state Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom was yesterday awfully booed at Ugba, the headquarters of Logo Local Government Area, Benue State.
Ortom who is also the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for next March elections was at Logo, his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam’s home to commence his local governments round of reelection campaign.
Our correspondent at the campaign train confirmed that trouble started when the Governor told the people how he was misled by Sen. George Akume to use money meant for salaries on other issues.
On mentioning salaries, Ortom incurred the wrath of the people who started shouting “Ortom must go, Suswam must stay”; “Ortom must go, Suswam must stay” amidst other insulting and demeaning slogans, comments and chants.
It took the intervention of his host, former Governor Gabriel Suswam to calm the already terrible affront and embarrassing situation on the Governor.
Recall that just last week, the Governor was also uncontrollably booed at Wadata market where he had gone to see for himself the level of damage at the market after fire had razed almost half of the market.
Since becoming Governor, Ortom who many believed has performed far below average has faced series of such embarrassment, especially booing and petting.
During a requiem mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cathedral, Makurdi, in the last quarter of 2017, the Governor was badly booed when he was called upon to address the congratulation. The booing became uncontrollable until Bishop of the Diocese, Anagbe intervened and asked the congregation to calm down after the Bishop’s secretary, Rev. Fr. Amos Mbachie tried but to no avail.
Ortom again was booed with the protesters throwing all manner of objects at him at Wurukum during a protest in April of 2018. The situation was almost sliding into more a serious situation when his security attache had no option but to use life bullets and shot to death 2 youth before the Governor was whisked into a Hilux van and drove away.
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