Pastor John Elaigwu Odogbo has emerged the Och’Idoma-elect, making him the 5th paramount ruler of the Idoma nation.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom had in November 2021 expressed hope for a hitch-free election of a new Och’Idoma.
However, Governor Ortom at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi received the Och’Idoma elect when the latter was presented to him by the selection committee, led by Commissioner for Housing, Chief Ekpe Ogbu.
The Governor prayed God to provide the anointing on the new paramount ruler to be able to discharge his duties effectively, even as he pledged sustained support of his administration to the traditional institution.
He also pledged his administration’s “commitment to justice, fairness and equity at all times.
“As someone who comes from one of the least communities in the state, I will always allow God’s will to prevail.”
The Governor also congratulated the selection committee, kingmakers and all stakeholders who played critical roles in the emergence of the new Och’Idoma.
Governor Ortom said soon after the coronation of the new Och’Idoma, the Benue State Council of Traditional Rulers will be inaugurated for effective administration of the traditional institution in the state.
In a remark, the Och’Idoma-elect, Pastor John Elaigwu Odogbo, pledged not to disappoint the confidence reposed in him through his selection.
The team leader of the selection committee, Chief Ekpe Ogbu, while presenting the Och’Idoma-elect to the Governor said the election was transparent and peaceful.
The Och’Idoma-elect, who is of the Deeper Life Christian denomination, was born on March 27th,1969, as the 5th born to the family of Mr Elaigwu Ekoja in Obagaji, the headquarters of Agatu local government area of Benue State.
The new Och’Idoma graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1994 with B.Sc honours in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Benue State University in 2012.
In 2015, the new Och’Idoma also held a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from National Teacher Institute and an M.Sc in Accounting and Finance, Nasarawa State University, Keffi and Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting from Nasarawa State University Keffi.
He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCITN), 2001, Fellow Certified National Accountants of Nigeria (FCNA), 2002 and an associate member of Nigeria Institute of Management, NIM.