Ortom stated that Akume pays attention to the poor in the state.
Speaking during a reception to mark Akume’s 64th birthday in Makurdi, the state capital, Ortom urged people of the state to emulate the Senator, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.
He stated that the Senator representing Benue North-West, is “a humble and humane leader”.
“Akume pays a lot of attention to the poor; that sets him out as a model for all of us to appreciate and emulate,” he said.
Ortom, who is the governorship candidate of the PDP, however, appealed to members of the APC to support his administration to enable it deliver on its mandate to Benue people.
In his remarks, Akume thanked God for sparing his life to hit 64, noting that other prominent Benue leaders like Sen. Joseph Tarka and former Governor Aper Aku, died before their 50th birthdays.
He appealed to those he might have wronged to forgive him as he had also forgiven those who offended him.