BENUE CRISIS: Governor Ortom, Suswam Reconcile
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam have finally settled their political differences.
This follows the intervention of the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse who urged the duo to sheath their swords.
The reconciliation meeting was organized by Ayatse in his palace in Gboko.
The meeting, said to have commenced at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, lasted till midnight.
It was attended by the six first class chiefs in Tivland and traditional rulers from both Suswam’s Sankera axis and their counterparts from Ortom’s Minda axis.
It was gathered that the monarch after hearing the sides of both factions urged them to set aside those things which divided them by closing the perceived gap.
The Tor Tiv during the meeting stressed that as a father he felt very bad when the two distinguished sons of Tiv were engaged in a public face-off.
Reacting, Governor Ortom confirmed the reconciliation; adding that both he and Suswam have agreed to work together.
“The meeting was a reconciliatory meeting. I was there and the former Governor Suswam was also there. The Tor Tiv said he noticed that the relationship between myself and the former governor was not good and that we should sheathe our swords for the common good of the people.
“He said the challenge we are having in the state is as a result of the inability to work and synergise together for the common good of the state. He said that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.
Ortom and Suswam had been at logger head for nearly three years now over issues relating to the state finances.
This meeting held while Governors of the APC were in Daura to meet with the President. Again, Ortom abstained.
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