Ortom, Akume in fresh wars over Anti Grazing Bill
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
A fresh war has started between the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, and his estranged godfather, Senator George Akume, as the governor is reportedly planning to blackmail the senator with the Anti Open Grazing Bill.
A security source at the government house in Makurdi who briefed Nigerian Concord over the latest development stated that the governor’s action followed the inability of his loyalists at the State House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker of the House, Honourable T. Ikyange, yesterday.
It would be recalled that the governor cut short his trip in Abuja and returned back to Makurdi yesterday evening, having being briefed that the five lawmakers whom he gave N100 million to on Monday morning to impeach Ikyange had failed to execute the impeachment plan.
The lawmakers that were given the said N100 million for the failed impeachment move are Honourable Avine (Makurdi North), Honourable Cheme (Gwer West), Honourable Gbande (Kwande), Honourable Tyochir (Gwer) and Honourable Uba (Vandeikya).
According to our security source, the governor, having realized the difficulties to be faced in impeaching Ikyange, has perfected plans with his media handlers to bombard the cyberspace with reports that Akume is fighting him just because he refused orders from the senator to reverse the Anti Open Grazing Bill.
The source further disclosed that some money has also been released to the governor’s closest ally who is the chairman of Benysta Microfinance Bank in Makurdi, Arch Asema Achado, to also give to the APC social media personels that he met last week Monday morning at Hallidays Hotels so they too can bombard the cyberspace with reports that it was because the governor had refused to reverse the Anti Open Grazing Bill that made his estranged godfather to work against the actualization of his second tenure as governor of Benue state.
It was however learnt that the governor had told his core loyalists that he can gain the sympathy of the Benue electorates with the Anti Open Grazing Bill.
Some electorates who spoke with this newspaper on the development said that the governor must be compelled to explain why he employed the detained Aliyu Tershaku as the head of the Benue State Livestock Guards, and paid N1.4 billion into his account after giving him and his men several AK 47 riffles that were found on them during their arrest by the Nigerian Army.
They also said that the governor should explain to the public if it was the Anti Open Grazing Bill that made him to employed Tershaku, a wanted Boko Haram leader to head the Benue government private security outfit.
Furthermore, they said the governor should also explain to the public if it was the Bill that made him to be unable to pay workers salaries for over one year before coming out to ask for a second tenure in office.