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Embezzlement scandal: Suswam denies begging Ortom not to probe him

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 12:47:00 AM

Elder brother of former Governor of Benue State, Dr.Gabriel Suswam, Chief Terkura Suswam has said that last Friday’s meeting between his brother, and his successor, Samuel Ortom was centred on the growth and development of the state.

Recall that former Governor Suswam and the incumbent Governor, Ortom, in company of Catholic Bishop of Katsina-Ala Diocese, Bishop Peter Adoboh, and chairman Ashitech conglomerate, Chief Terkula Suswam and a few others met behind closed doors for many hours last Friday at the Benue People’s House. 

Shortly after the meeting, rumour went viral that the former Governor had gone to beg the incumbent Governor, Ortom to stop the probe already instituted to investigate his administration by the Ortom led government.

But in a swift reaction, Suswam’s elder brother who was at that meeting told newsmen in Makurdi yesterday that there was no basis for Suswam to beg anybody because he had done nothing wrong.
“It would be stupid of anybody to imagine that Gabriel Suswam went to beg Ortom. On what basis? The whole of that meeting was centred on the growth and development of Benue State. What has Suswam done to warrant him begging Ortom?”

Chief Terkura Suswam who noted that the meeting was convened at his instance maintained that the atmosphere was very humane and there was virtually nothing to warrant anybody begging the other at the meeting which he said lasted from 11pm on Thursday till 4:30am on Friday.
“There was no point in the meeting when Ortom begged Suswam to prevail on Tarzoor to step down his tribunal case against him and there was no point when Suswam begged not to be probed.”

While noting that the incumbent Governor, Ortom means well and is doing everything possible to ensure the development of the State, Chief Suswam described the rumour as the figment of the imagination of the pedlars stressing that the meeting was premised on the need to build Benue State.
“I am very ready to support Ortom to succeed because he is a brother and a friend.

As an entrepreneur, I would support whoever is Governor of Benue because I believe that leadership comes from God. I will support Ortom so that business can thrive in Benue.”
Speaking on the issue of security in the state, Chief Suswam who commended Governor Ortom for his amnesty programme and arms recovery initiative urged those in possession of arms to quickly surrender them for the common good of the Benue man.
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