Sunday, 30 August 2015

Temper Justice With Mercy, Suswam Begs Ortom

[Benue News]
Immediate past Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has reached out to his successor, Samuel Ortom, to save him from the embarrassment of an indictment by the Judicial Commission and Administrative Panel of Inquiry.

The Commission set up by Ortom to probe his predecessor is expected to commence public setting soon in Makurdi.

It was gathered that the former governor met with Ortom last Thursday at the Government House Makurdi for several hours behind closed doors.

Suswam was reportedly accompanied to the meeting, which extended to the early hours of Friday, by his elder brother, Dr. Terkula.

A source at the meeting, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that Suswam denied recent media statements where he about allegedly spoke “tough” against the administration of Ortom.

Suswam was reported to have made disparaging remarks against the administration of Governor Ortom in a speech at the funeral of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Atoza Ihindan.

He reportedly asked Ortom to extend the probe of his administration to include the sales of Benue Cement Company to Dangote industries Limited.

The former governor was also said to have pointed out that though security votes had increased to N500million, the state continues to reel under insecurity.

He was said to have further challenged the Ortom’s administration to publish monies collected from the federation account.

But Suswam was said to have denied making such statements at the meeting with Ortom.

He was alleged to have asked his successor to temper justice with mercy.

Speaking on the development, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain from Benue South, Dr Omale Ogwuche, faulted the meeting.

He dismissed it as selfish, saying Suswam should have attended with other stakeholders instead of going alone with his elder brother.

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