Suswam: Benue monarchs battle Ortom over political persecution


Nigerian Concord Online

This is certainly not a good time for the governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, as he continues to jump from one trouble to another.

The reason as gathered by Nigerian Concord this morning was the face off which some top traditional rulers in the state are presently engaging the governor with over what they call ‘Political persecution’ of his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam.

A top source at the temporary palace of Professor James Ayatse in Gboko explained that the Tor Tiv and some monarchs in the state had written Governor Ortom recently, advising him to use the remaining part of his tenure to develop the state rather than channeling the state’s resources on the fight against Suswam.

The monarchs reportedly told the governor that Benue State would be a better place had he spent all the resources accrued to the State on developmental projects.

Our source who was privy to the contents inside the letter hinted that the monarchs blamed the poor condition of the state on the continuous political persecution of Dr. Suswam and other PDP leaders in the state.

According to the source, the monarchs described Suswam as a peaceful man who has never uttered any inflammatory statement against his successor since he left the government house in 2015.

They also advised Ortom to stop those that have been misleading him from respecting a peace deal which he entered with his predecessor shortly before he (Suswam) was arrested and detained by the DSS over an allegation of gun running.

According to the said letter, Dr.. Suswam was ready to embrace the then ceasefire if Ortom had not allowed himself to be misled by aides and associates who are only out to create tension in Benue State as a result of what they do benefit whenever there is a crisis between the two ‘great Tiv sons’.

They also warned the governor against his plans to prosecute his predecessor in Benue State over frivolous accusation that only exists in his imagination.