A general unease seems to be brewing in the relationship between the governor of Benue state Gabriel Suswan and the governor-elect Samuel Ortom over utterances of the governor-elect. Speaking on behalf of the governor, the state commissioner for information Justin Amase said ‘the governor wishes to advise the governor –elect and his associates to wait until May 29 when the APC government will be officially inaugurated before they can take charge of governance in the state.
‘The APC and the good people of Benue state are to note that governor Gabriel Suswan remains the executive governor and would not tolerate reckless pronouncements from any person or persons on matters of government in the state.
Governor Suswan had expressed displeasure at the warning given by governor-elect Ortom and his associates on imposing traditional rulers on the people and recruiting new civil servants when civil servants and pensioners are owed six months salaries.
Governor Suswan also said they were disappointed at utterances from the Ortom camp at a time the government was extending olive branch to the governor-elect in the interest of peace in the state. He said that governor-elect have chosen a confrontational approach to the government.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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