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Published On: Wed, Feb 21st, 2018

Gov. Ortom, Suswam near truce, as Tor Tiv intervenes

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From Uche Nnorom Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his predecessor Gabriel Suswam may soon come to truce, following intervention of the paramount ruler of Tiv nation, the Tor Tiv V Professor James Ayatse.
It was gathered that the Tor Tiv who has been worried by the lingering
conflict between the duo, decided to step in to resolve the impasse.
Hence, a meeting was convened at the Tor Tiv palace in Gboko which was attended by both parties.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday at Government House, Makurdi on the development, Governor Ortom said, “the meeting was convened at the instance of the Tor Tiv and I was there, former Governor Gabriel Suswam was also there and principally, it was a peace meeting”.
Governor Ortom stated that the Tor Tiv urged both of them to sheath their swords and work together for the common good of the Benue People.
He added that the Tor Tiv blamed some of the current challenges in the state to the inability of himself and his predecessor to synergize and work as a team.
Asked if the meeting had any political connotation and whether he was leaving the All Progressives Congress, APC for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Ortom stated that the meeting had nothing to do with politics and that he had no plans to leave the APC.
“It is not connected with the issue of political platform, we did not discuss any platform matter as there was no need for that”.
“I am the Governor in the ruling party, why should I go and beg for a platform, why am I looking for a platform? I have told you that for now I have suspended all political activities pending when the crisis in Benue will be resolved and when my people go back to their ancestral homes and they are no longer in the IDP camps and when security for lives and property is restored, he said.
The Governor also, raised alarm on threats to his life, intimating that he has already reported this to the security agencies that are doing their best to apprehend those involved.

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