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Ortom wasting Benue resources to prosecute me, I didn’t steal any money - Suswam

Written By Idoma Television on Monday, September 12, 2016 | 12:08:00 AM



Former Benue State Governor, Dr Gabriel Suswam,  faulted that claim by his predecessor, Samuel Ortom that he ran away over his indictment on N107billion fraud by the probe panel set up in the state.

Some of his loyalists were arrested last week over the probe report.

Suswam described it as a pedestrian talk, saying he only travelled abroad for medical attention and assured of his return soon.
The former governor said he remained in high spirit, not minding his persecution and that of his men by the present administration.

Suswam in a statement said "My pride remains that all of these took place under my watch as governor of this state, and I am grateful to Almighty God that I was able to surmount the pressures of high office and placed the sovereignty of the people above narrow personal interests.

“By the time we, as a political group, are leaving the stage of power, we had lifted the  democratic tastes of the people to certain standards above what previously obtained.

“It is the reality of having attained such standards of democracy that today places a minimum level of expectation by the people on the ruling All Progressives Party (APC)-controlled government in Benue State. And these are expectations that could only be met through ingenious application of available resources to execution of projects which are of priority to the people.

“These expectations in themselves form the basis for a contract between the people and government, which is  immediate and urgent in demand, and under any circumstance, there hardly could exist room for excuses for non performance.

“Against this reality, I dare say that the governmnt of my successor, Governor Samuel Ortom, will need to evaluate all over again its priorities to align them with the expectations of the people for maximum impact. Spending quantum amount of time and resources seeking after prosecution of my person and those who served under my administration could hardly pass for the priority of this state in this contemporary times.

“While I and the others being arrested on a daily basis may have nothing to fear from those arrests, it could never be ignored that such a trend is hardly helpful to the quest for a better and stronger Benue State, which is only possible under an atmosphere of unity of purpose.”

He, however, warned the present administration in the state against the sustained  attacks on him and the opposition party, saying “no governmnt can in all seriousness afford to throw away a sizeable portion of its human resources such as the political family he and others do belong to."
He charged the People's Democratic Party (PDP) members in the  state “to remain steadfast, law-abiding and understand that the role of the opposition, which is a necessity thrust by historic circumstances, is one they must discharge with a view to building our state more than any thing else.”
 

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