OUR GROUSE WITH SUSWAM —GOV. ORTOM

imageGovernor Samuel Ortom on Wednesday gave an insight into the current travails of his predecessor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, saying it is the people of the state that want the former governor to give account of his stewardship.

He, however, said because of his government’s belief in the rule of law, he would follow the due process in bringing Suswam to book.

Ortom spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting behind closed-doors with President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the people of the state were eager to know what happened to the government’s shares in the many companies that were sold by Suswam government as well as the excess crude money that accrued to the state under his government among others.

The governor said although his predecessor had gone to court to stop the panels he set up to investigate his administration, the state legal team would return to the court on November 9.

He said, “The law will take its course. We know that just like the Federal Government, my government believes in the rule of law and due process.

“The meeting with the President has nothing to do with my predecessor, I am handling the matter in a legitimate manner. It has to do with the rule of law and due process.

“I set up two panels; one judicial panel to verify the income expenditure from 2007 to 2015 and also a panel to verify the assets of government, so that we can get things in the right perspective.

“I met a deficit treasury and the people of Benue State want to know what happened with their money, what happened with the SURE-P money, what went wrong with the excess crude money that came to Benue State, what went wrong with the shares of government in various corporations that were sold, where did the money go? These are questions that are begging for answers, which the people of Benue State told me to verify and I am doing that.

“My predecessor went to court and stopped the process with an injunction and we have also made our facts known to the court and we are waiting for a judgement on the 9th.

“But after verification, I believe that I will ensure due process in handling the matter.”

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