Group condemns alleged plot to eliminate Ortom

Tiv Youth Organisation, TYO, has condemned plot to eliminate the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom over his dogged stand to implement the Prohibition of Open Grazing and Establishment of Ranches Law 2017.

President General of TYO, Timothy Hembaor, who made the condemnation while briefing newsmen in Makurdi yesterday accused what he described as ‘strong man of the country’ of being behind the plot.

In his words: “Enemies of Benue State in Abuja headed by the strongman of the country may have concluded arrangements to outrightly eliminate Governor Samuel Ortom having failed to impeach the Governor using a Senator in the state and his foot soldiers in the State House of Assembly.

“Sources have it that the idea was muted some time ago, but its implementation was pushed to 2019 when, by the plotters’ calculation, Ortom would no longer be governor. This was the thinking which led to the instruction that Governor Ortom be denied the APC governorship ticket.

“However, the defection of the Governor to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has changed the timeline of execution of the plot hence the decision to move for his immediate impeachment.

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“The plotters are believed to have carefully developed ways to stoke political crisis in Benue State and as well coordinate and supervise another pogrom in the state so that if Governor Ortom cannot be impeached, the coordinated crisis and sponsored mayhem will be escalated enough to declare a state of emergency in Benue state.

“The idea is that for whatever factor, Ortom ceases to be governor, the planned, coordinated and supervised attacks will be launched.

“Already, the eight APC Benue State House of Assembly members have been corrupted with bags of money from Abuja through a federal minister who is a retired military man to cause instability in the House and in the state generally. The purported suspension of fifteen (15) members of the House by eight members as well as the impeachment move against Governor Ortom are part of the evil plot.”

Hembaor expressed disappointment in President Muhammadu Buhari and his government over the events that have been unfolding since he took oath of office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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“It is very unfortunate and equally disheartening that the Abuja forces are hell bent on eliminating Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and destroying the state using every available means as evidenced in his actions and inaction.

“Having deployed their Fulani kinsmen with a clear instruction to annihilate and annex the Benue Valley, the anarchists sat back and watched as the herdsmen unleashed terror on innocent Benue citizens, killing multitudes, destroying property worth billions of naira and occupying Benue communities.

“In all of these, the cries of the people of Benue and those of other Nigerians did not make any impression on the President. He blatantly refused to take any action that would quash the incessant killings. If anything, the federal government provided cover for Fulani mercenaries to attack Benue communities the more.

“Governor Ortom, the Executive Governor of Benue State rose firmly in defense of his people. He resisted enemies and their evil intentions. That became the Governor’s ‘sin’ hence the decision to get him out of the way,” Hembaor fumed.

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