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PDP Governors are defecting to APC to avoid prosecution – Benue Governor Ortom
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PDP Governors are defecting to APC to avoid prosecution – Benue Governor Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortoms alleged that governors of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) defecting to the All Progressives Congress(APC) are doing so to avoid prosecution from the Federal Government after mismanaging public trust and resources. On why PDP governors are defecting to APC, Ortom told Sunnewsonline;   "You know in politics as defined by one of our greatest philosophers in our time, that politics is a game of interest; no permanent enemy, no permanent friend. People are free to defect to any political party for whatever reason that they find expedient." " I was in PDP when things did not go down well with me, I defected to APC and I won election in 2015 and several other people were carried on my back as a result of my defecting to APC and they won." ...
I’ll repeat again that Mr. President is the one creating insecurity in this country – Gov Ortom
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I’ll repeat again that Mr. President is the one creating insecurity in this country – Gov Ortom

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has restated his opinion that President Buhari is the one creating insecurity in the country. In a chat with journalists recently, Governor Ortom claimed that if the President decides to take a stand today, insecurity in the country will be a thing of the past. He also accused the advisers in the Presidency of causing Buhari the problems he is facing. In his words ''Right now, there is nothing in this country under this APC that we can say that they are getting it right. Is it security? How can Northern governors, Southern governors, National Economic Council, come out with a policy that will stop the killings that are going on in this country and the presidency will say that no, it will not accept that it must be open grazing? Where are yo...
Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him
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Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari last night expressed disappointment over the attack on him by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. President Buhari also expressed his condolences to the families of Nigerians citizens who lost their loved ones in the recent spate of killings in the state. The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja stated that the rising levels of incidents, especially the killings and violence in various parts of the country calls for further collaboration with security agencies to curb its recurrence. According to the statement, “He (President Buhari) also states his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his per...
Buhari Is Working With Fulani To Take Over Nigeria – Ortom (Graphic Pics)
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Buhari Is Working With Fulani To Take Over Nigeria – Ortom (Graphic Pics)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of working for the Fulani ethnic stock to take over Nigeria. Ortom spoke on Tuesday in reaction to the recent killing of residents allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen in parts of the North-Central state. He also lamented that no fewer than 70 people have been killed in the last two weeks in three local governments in the state. The governor, who said the killings cannot continue, said, “What is happening now, to me, is very clear; Mr President is just working for these Fulanis to take over the whole country. “His body language is what is being played out. The body language, the action and inaction of Mr President shows that he is only the President of Fulani people; I have k...
IDPs Block Makurdi-Lafia Highway, Protest Killing Of 7 By Herdsmen
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IDPs Block Makurdi-Lafia Highway, Protest Killing Of 7 By Herdsmen

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Abagana camp have blocked the Markurdi-Lafia Federal Highway protesting the recent killings by herdsmen and laying the corpses of the victims on the road. The suspected herdsmen on Tuesday morning invaded Abagana IDP camp killing seven persons and injuring about 15 of them. According to an eyewitness account present at the protest, the armed herdsmen stormed the host community heading to the IDP camp and started shooting at the people killing seven and leaving many others injured. The eyewitness warned that they will resort to arms to defend themselves if the Federal Government does not intervene. The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom during a visit to the scene of the protest challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to th...
It’s Ungodly For You To Marry Woman Without Giving Her Enough Sex – Governor Ortom’s SSA, Smith Takema
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It’s Ungodly For You To Marry Woman Without Giving Her Enough Sex – Governor Ortom’s SSA, Smith Takema

Smith Akom Takema, a Senior Special Assistant to the Benue State Governor, has revealed an important duty a good husband must perform in marriage. According to Mr. Takema, said that lack of sexual satisfaction is one of the common causes of marital problems. The married father advised couples to court properly and ask honest questions before marriage because it is ungodly to marry a woman and not satisfy her sexually. His Facebook post reads ; “It’s unGodly for you to marry a woman and not be giving her enough sex. Sex is created by God to be enjoyed, they are women who are not sex freaks and can go without it for months without minding, but they are some who can’t stand without sex for a week,” This are things we ought to know during courtship but Christianity has put a b...
You Are A Thorn In Fulani Flesh – Miyetti Allah To Governor Ortom
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You Are A Thorn In Fulani Flesh – Miyetti Allah To Governor Ortom

Alhaji Bello Bodejo is the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural organization. In this interview, he registered his displeasure with the level of hatred his people have received from the Benue State government. Excerpts: Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, openly accused your association of trying to assassinate him. Is the allegation true? That allegation is unacceptable to us and we demand a thorough investigation to unravel the true situation. We have used all available media platforms to inform Nigerians that we were never behind the alleged attempted assassination of the governor, but he has continued to shout to the world that our people are behind the assassination attempt. The governor alleged that you and your people held a meeting in Adamawa...
Update: Governor Ortom suspends traditional chief, youth groups over gruesome murder of widow
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Update: Governor Ortom suspends traditional chief, youth groups over gruesome murder of widow

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered the suspension of a traditional chief, Ortar Agwa Mnyange Kwahar in Buruku Local Government Area of the state, all youth groups and their activities, over the gruesome murder of a widow. LIB reported that Mrs Becky Shaade Aondozungwe Nyihemba, was burnt alive in her home by suspected thugs in Mbagen community, Buruku Local Govt Area on March 5, 2021. The widow, a nurse by profession, had a week earlier raised the alarm about threat to her life by unknown persons for reasons she did not mention. The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Adingi, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday, March 27, said that the suspension of the chief followed the crisis in Mbatyough Council Ward, Mbagen ...
Attack On Ortom: Three Suspects Arrested
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Attack On Ortom: Three Suspects Arrested

Three Jukun fishermen have been arrested by the police in connection with last Saturday’s attack on convoy of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom along Tyo Mu, Makurdi. Security Adviser to Ortom, Col. Paul Hemba, confirmed the arrest while conducting newsmen round the scene of the attack on Tuesday. Hemba stated the police team found the fishermen close to the scene of the attack and are being investigated.
Yoruba Nation: Stay Away From Ondo, Akeredolu Warns Igboho, Others
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Yoruba Nation: Stay Away From Ondo, Akeredolu Warns Igboho, Others

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has warned Chief Sunday Igboho and others agitating for a sovereign Yoruba State to stay away from the state. Akeredolu said Ondo people have elected to stay in the Federal Republic of Nigeria as constituted at present. He said no part of the entire state, known and delineated as Ondo State, would permit any gathering or agitation which may suggest, however remotely, that the people are in support of what he termed ‘unthinking rabble rousing. Akeredolu who spoke while swearing in Princess Catherine Oladunni Odu as the new Secretary to the State Government and other Special Advisers said the state would not subscribe to banditry and recklessness in putting forth its demands. He said the right of citizens to discuss, agitate and eve...
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Hold FG Responsible If Ortom Is Assassinated – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned that the Federal Government will be held responsible if his counterpart in Benue State, Samuel Ortom, is assassinated. He insisted that if Ortom was killed, the country would be plunged into another civil war. Wike spoke while reacting to attempt on Governor Ortom’s life by 15 gunmen, who reportedly trailed him to a river bank in Tyo Mu along Makurdi/Gboko road in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State on Saturday. Wike in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said: “If you kill Ortom, then be prepared to bury Nigeria. If anything happens to Governor Ortom, the Federal Government will be held responsible and they should be prepared that there will be no more Nigeria.” Wike recalled how a former G...
ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s
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ACF Back Order To Shoot Herdsmen Carrying AK-47s

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) have given full backing to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that bandits bearing AK-47 should be shot on sight. The governor said the measure will reduce banditry, clashes between herders and farmers and other forms of criminality. The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) urged caution. Senior lawyers contacted by our correspondents kicked against the order for being contrary to the law and might lead to unintended consequences. All of them agree that it is illegal for anybody to carry an AK-47 rifle unless he is a security operative. Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President Garba Shehu told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview aired on Wednesday that the order showed the seri...
Governor Ortom Commends President Buhari On Order Against Herdsmen Bearing Guns
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Governor Ortom Commends President Buhari On Order Against Herdsmen Bearing Guns

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his directive to security agents to shoot anyone illegally bearing AK47 rifle. The Governor gave the commendation today at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi when the Chairman Governing Board, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Professor Adamu Kyuka paid him a courtesy visit. Governor Ortom stated that the President’s order would reduce the level of criminality, banditary and militia herders' attacks on Benue communities as well as other parts of the country. According to the Governor, the order would also make the communities safer for displaced farmers to return to their ancestral homes. "I wish to commend Mr. President for his recent order against those bearing AK47 rifles. This I am s...
Governors Ortom & Bala Mohammed Reconcile After Fight Over AK-47 For Herders
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Governors Ortom & Bala Mohammed Reconcile After Fight Over AK-47 For Herders

The media fight between Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom and his Bauchi state counterpart, Bala Mohammed, over the bearing of AK47 rifles by herders appears to have become a thing of the past as their Rivers state counterpart, Nyesom Wike, reconciled them after a meeting initiated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital on Tuesday March 2, IgbereTV reports. The two governors have been in the news as they disagreed over the use of AK-47 rifles by herders. Recall that on February 12, Governor Mohammed had accused Governor Ortom of championing the campaign to criminalize the Fulani tribe. He also defended the use of AK47 rifles by herdsmen. According to him, the herdsmen deserve to carry rifles as the government has failed in th...
PDP Wades In, Calls For Calm In Bala Mohammed, Ortom’s Rift
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PDP Wades In, Calls For Calm In Bala Mohammed, Ortom’s Rift

@OfficialPDPNig assures that it has waded into the rift between Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed and his Benue State counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom. The PDP calls for calm as the internal reconciliation mechanism introduced by the hierarchy of the party between the two governors subsists. The PDP however urges the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the escalated security challenges in our country.
If Anything Happens To Me, Hold Gov Bala Mohammed Responsible – Ortom
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If Anything Happens To Me, Hold Gov Bala Mohammed Responsible – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has alleged a threat to his life and has said that his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, should be held responsible if anything happens to him. Governor Ortom made the accusation while briefing journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital, on Monday, February 22. His accusation comes barely a week after Governor Mohammed accused him of being behind the hatred against Fulanis in Nigeria. Governor Mohammed also threw his weight behind herdsmen who go around carrying AK47 rifles. Speaking at the press conference this afternoon, Governor Ortom accused Governor Mohammed of supporting illegal arms wielding foreign herdsmen. “I want to think that, with what he said and what those herdsmen wrote to me and said that they were going to assassinat...
Governor Bala Mohammed Is A Fulani Terrorist – Ortom
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Governor Bala Mohammed Is A Fulani Terrorist – Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday accused Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State governor, of being a terrorist. “I am beginning to think that my brother, the governor of Bauchi State is part of the terrorist Fulani organisation that is terrorising this country,” Ortom said while addressing journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital. “Why do I say this? This is the same governor who took the oath of office to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This constitution does not leave room for allowing foreign herdsmen to come in without valid papers,” he added. He also referred to the assertion by Mohammed that herders should carry AK-47 to defend themselves as being “unconstitutional.” “His recent outburst that Fulani herdsmen are justified for carrying A...
Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Zamfara Ready To Receive Returning Herdsmen
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Gombe, Benue, Adamawa, Zamfara Ready To Receive Returning Herdsmen

The state governments in Gombe, Benue, Adamawa and Zamfara have signalled their preparedness to receive herdsmen relocating to the North. The Northerner Elders Forum had, in a statement issued on Friday by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, called on northern governors “to prepare to receive law-abiding Fulani herders who may be compelled to relocate to the North.” In a response, the Director General, Press Affairs, Gombe State Government House, Ismaila Misilli, said the state was ready to accommodate its citizens upon their decision to return home. Misilli said, “Anybody that is from our state and has gone anywhere to look for greener pasture and now, for his own reason, decides to come back home, we must receive him. He is our person, son or daughter...
‘Which Law Permits Herders To Carry AK-47?’ – Ortom Replies Bala Mohammed
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‘Which Law Permits Herders To Carry AK-47?’ – Ortom Replies Bala Mohammed

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom describes as disappointing, the comments made by his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed who blamed him for what he termed ‘negative perception of Fulani herders’ when he spoke on the current security situation in the country. While Governor Ortom will not want to join issues with the Bauchi State Governor, he finds it shocking that a colleague who took the oath of office as he also did, to protect and preserve the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness. He points out that the most shocking part of Governor Bala Mohammed’s statement was where he defended herdsmen for bearing arms saying “they have no option than to carry AK47 because the ...
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed Blames Ortom For Fulani’s Negative Perception
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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed Blames Ortom For Fulani’s Negative Perception

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has blamed his Benue State counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom, and his ‘lack of foresight’ for the negative perception of Fulani herders in the country. Speaking on the theme “The role of the Media in Promoting Peace and Unity in Nigeria”, which marked the closing ceremony of 2021 Correspondents’ Chapel Week organized by Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi State council, the governor lamented that the herder/farmers cattle was poorly handled by Benue state governor. He cautioned Ortom and some governors of southern states to guard against their controversial utterances and policies in order not to threaten the peace and unity of the country. He said: “Unconstructive criticisms bring a lot of hatred and sometim...
Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency
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Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency

The Presidency has revealed the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of killer herdsmen in the country. Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the president’s position is that those found with arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. Adesina disclosed this while responding to a question from Seun Okinbaloye on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today. According to Adesina: “If the governor would say he has not heard the president speak on that matter that is what he should make clear, it’s not that the president has not spoken. “Because a number of times the president has spoken on that issue and his position has always been the same, anybody who carries arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. The president ...
Army Intercepted Gana Terwase Akwaza On His Way To Surrender – Ortom
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Army Intercepted Gana Terwase Akwaza On His Way To Surrender – Ortom

Samuel Ortom, Benue state governor, says Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana, who is alleged to be the most wanted criminal in the state, was intercepted by the army on his way to surrender. Speaking with journalists on Tuesday after receiving some repentant criminals in the state, Ortom said he got a call that Gana was arrested in Gboko and immediately reached out to the army authorities. The governor wondered why the army would arrest Gana because the security agencies are aware of the state government’s amnesty programme. “It was around 4pm when we were waiting for the repentant militias that I received a call that Gana and others have been arrested close to Yandev roundabout in Gboko by soldiers,” he said. “Many of the repentant militias had weapons in which they were brin...
Army Kills Terwase “Gana” Akwaza Hours After Being Granted Amnesty By Benue Govt
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Army Kills Terwase “Gana” Akwaza Hours After Being Granted Amnesty By Benue Govt

The commander of Four Special Forces command, Doma local government area, Brigadier General Maude Ali Gadzama on Tuesday confirmed to Channels Television via telephone the killing of Terwase Akwaza, alias Gana. Gadzama revealed Gana was killed this evening in a firefight with military personnel. However, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said soldiers snatched Gana from a government convoy of repentant militants in Gboko. Earlier on Tuesday, Gana, along with 172 militia boys, had reportedly surrendered amid traditional rulers, priests, and local government officials in Katsina-Ala local government in Benue. They were on their way to Makurdi when they were intercepted by military officials, Ortom said. In 2015, Gana was offered an amnesty but returned to his alleged cri...
Ortom Urges NASS To Reject Water Resources Bill
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Ortom Urges NASS To Reject Water Resources Bill

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on the National Assembly to reject the National Water Resources Bill in the interest of the country. Ortom said the bill which seeks to bring all water sources (surface and underground) as well as river banks under the control of the Federal Government through its agencies is anti-federalism and negates the right of Nigerians to their God-given resources. The Governor quoted Section 13 of the Bill, which states: “In implementing the principles under subsection (2) of this section, the institutions established under this Act shall promote integrated water resources management and the coordinated management of land and water resources, surface water and ground water resources, river basins and adjacent marine and coastal environment an...
Any Fulani Who Comes To Benue As Vigilante Will Go To Jail – Ortom
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Any Fulani Who Comes To Benue As Vigilante Will Go To Jail – Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday warned that he would use the rule of law to ensure that any Fulani herdsman who dared to come to the state for vigilante group was jailed. Recall that the Fulani organisation, Miyeitti Allah Kauta Hore, had at a press conference in Abuja recently, vowed to establish vigilante group in all states of federation to combat insecurity. In his response to this, Ortom through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, warned the Fulani organisation not to come to his state, adding that their motive was to carry their heinous activities to another level. The association, while also reacting to the statement, threatened to drag the governor and Benue State to court unless he retracted the statement But Ortom, while speaking with jo...
Governor Ortom Urges Voters To Leave Immediately After Voting As He Casts His Vote At The Benue LG Polls
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Governor Ortom Urges Voters To Leave Immediately After Voting As He Casts His Vote At The Benue LG Polls

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday advised people who turned out to vote in the state Local Government Council elections on Saturday to leave the polling units as soon as they voted to guard against the spread of COVID-19. Ortom gave the advice on Saturday in Gbajimba, headquarters of Guma Local Government Area of the state after casting his vote at the LGEA Primary School polling unit, Gbajimba. “Vote and leave in order to give room for other electorate to also exercise their franchise. “The Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) has directed that in order to guard against the spread of Covid-19 only 30 electorate will be allowed at the polling units at a time. “So, if you vote, you have to leave to allow others too to come and vote. “I have t...
30 Benue Doctors Display Sack Letters, Seek Governor’s Intervention (Photos)
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30 Benue Doctors Display Sack Letters, Seek Governor’s Intervention (Photos)

The 30 doctors allegedly sacked by the management of Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi displayed their sack letters earlier today Wednesday, as they called on the state Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom to intervene. In a press briefing with newsmen, the President of the Association of Resident Doctors in the institution said about 32 of their members were sacked by the management. According to her, the sack was not in accordance with the laws regulating Residency Training in Nigeria. She dispelled the statement of the hospital management who said they had not domesticated the Residency Training law in the hospital, hence were took their actions based on the hospital policy. The President said, "The Medical Residency Training Act (MRTA) was passed by the nationa...
Governor Ortom Escapes Death As Herdsmen Shoot At Him In His Farm
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Governor Ortom Escapes Death As Herdsmen Shoot At Him In His Farm

Governor Samuel Ortom has disclosed that he narrowly escaped death when suspected armed herdsmen shot at him in his farm at Adeke along Makurdi-Naka road. This is just as suspected armed herdsmen reportedly abducted and killed a member of the state’s Livestock Guard in Ado Local Government Area, LGA. The Governor, yesterday in a live radio programme monitored in Makurdi said he had gone to his farm in the outskirts of Makurdi town few days ago when armed herdsmen besieged the vicinity and open fire. According to him, “just last week I was in my farm that is situated in the outskirts of Makurdi town when armed herdsmen came there and shot at me. “They also shot at the vehicle of our Livestock Guards who came there and shattered it. We had to call the joint military security te...
Race For PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman Rages, As Rivers Lobby For Tambuwal
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Race For PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman Rages, As Rivers Lobby For Tambuwal

As the battle for who emerges as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum Chairman rages, it was learnt that the Rivers State government is lobbying for Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal. The new Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, who will take over from the outgoing governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, is likely to emerge on Sunday before the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting scheduled for Monday. While it was gathered that the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike is lobbying for Tambuwal, it was also gathered that some governors are backing Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom as the rightful person for the position. Those backing Ortom said that the Benue state governor has strong characters that cannot be easily manipulated, noting his posi...
Supreme Court Upholds Samuel Ortom’s Election As Benue State Governor
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Supreme Court Upholds Samuel Ortom’s Election As Benue State Governor

The supreme court has affirmed the election of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state .In their unanimous judgement ,the court dismissed the appeal for totally lacking in merit, availing that ,the appellant has failed to prove the case of none compliance against the respondent. They upheld the ruling of the tribunal. The seven man panel of Justices that sat on the case are ; Hon. Justice Olabode Rhodes-vivour Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta Hon. Justice musa Dattijo Muhammad Hon. Justice Amiru sanusi Hon. Justice Amina Adamu Augie Hon. Justice Paul Adamu Galumji Hon. Justice Uwani Musa Aba Aji The supreme court has upheld the election of Samuel Ortom as the governor of Benue state. Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, who led a seven-man panel, dismissed the appeal of Em...
There Are People Trying To Kidnap And Kill Me – Governor Ortom
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There Are People Trying To Kidnap And Kill Me – Governor Ortom

Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue alleged on Sunday in Makurdi that he once heard that some people are planning to kill his security aides, kidnap him and dismember his body parts by parts until he dies. Ortom who prayed against this also stated that he had dismantled all negative tendencies often believed to deter progress in the Government House and the state. He said this during a Special Thanksgiving Service organised in his honour by the Independent Print-Media Publishers Association of Nigeria (IPPAN), at the Chapel of Grace, Government House, Makurdi. “Since my arrival, I have dedicated a special time on daily basis to be with God because He works in miraculous ways; those working against me are wasting their time and will never succeed. “I have dismantled the devils in Benu...
Miyetti Allah Apologises To Governor Ortom Over Benue Killings
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Miyetti Allah Apologises To Governor Ortom Over Benue Killings

Fulani socio-cultural organisation, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore on Saturday apologised to Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom over the attacks and killings of people of the state by herdsmen. Issuing the apology on behalf of the association was the National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan. Alhassan, who spoke at a peace meeting held in Makurdi pledged to ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herdsmen in the state. In a press statement issued at the end of the meeting by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, it was revealed that the peace initiative was brokered by the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema. Part of the statement read, “The Miyeitti Allah scribe described Governor Ortom as a peace-loving man who stood firmly for the emancipation of his peopl...
I’m Ashamed That I’ve Not Been Able To Pay Pensioners – Governor Samuel Ortom
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I’m Ashamed That I’ve Not Been Able To Pay Pensioners – Governor Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has stated that he’s ashamed that he has not been able to pay pensioners their pension money. The state pensioners have have refused to vacate the entrance to the Government House in Makurdi despite the Governor’s advice. Pensioners of the state have last week moved to the entrance of the Government House, sleeping on mats vowing to occupy the seat of power until their pensions and gratuities amounting to N25billion are paid as they claim they have not been paid for 25 months. Governor Ortom while addressing the pensioners said: “I’m ashamed that my government has been unable to meet its financial obligation to the pensioners, who are senior citizens”. The Governor who describe the situation as sad promise to address to the pensioners plig...
Pictures Of President Buhari In Japan For TICAD7
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Pictures Of President Buhari In Japan For TICAD7

President Buhari with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Nigerian Ambassador to Japan Amb. Mohammed Gana Yisa after his arrival in Japan ahead of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development. The conference themed ‘Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future’, will take place in the city of Yokohama from August 28 till August 30, 2019.
I Didnt Tell Yahaya Bello To Defect To Accord Party – Gov. Ortom
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I Didnt Tell Yahaya Bello To Defect To Accord Party – Gov. Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has bruised aside allegation that he had instructed his Kogi State counterpart, Governor Yahaya Bello to dump the All Progressive Congress (APC) and pitch tent in the Accord Party (AP). Governor Ortom who made the denial during an interaction with journalists at the government house, also ruled out insinuation that he was plotting to dump the PDP back to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC after winning his second term on the platform of the PDP. The governor said he is not in speaking terms with Governor Bello and has nothing to do with Kogi politics as the problems confronting his administration were enough challenges for him to handle. “I did not instruct the Governor of Kogi State to defect from APC to Accord Party. I have nothing t...
Ortom Reveals How Pastor Adeboye Stopped Him From Quitting Second Term Race
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Ortom Reveals How Pastor Adeboye Stopped Him From Quitting Second Term Race

Governor Ortom who spoke at the weekend during the church’s monthly Holy Ghost Service (vigil) at Km 46 Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, revealed how Pastor Adeboye stopped him from quitting second term race in the 2019 election. The Benue State Governor disclosed that he was in the church to testify to the supremacy of God, and to thank Adeboye for the supportive roles he played when he wanted to contest in 2014, as well as the just-concluded general election. Governor Ortom who revealed how Pastor Adeboye stopped him from quitting second term race, said; “When I wanted to contest for the 2015 election, I came to the Redemption Camp to pray and I went to Daddy and Mummy G.O. They prayed for me with all the challenges that accompanied the race, I became the governor and I was sworn in.In...
I Have Fulfilled My Promise To Retire Senator Akume – Governor Ortom
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I Have Fulfilled My Promise To Retire Senator Akume – Governor Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday said he had fulfilled his promise to send his former boss, George Akume, into retirement. Akume, who was the All Progressives Congress’ senatorial candidate for Benue North-West, lost to his Peoples Democratic Party’s opponent, Orker Jev. Ortom spoke during a press conference held at the Government House, Makurdi. The governor boasted that everything he said politically concerning Akume had come to pass. He said, “Tell me one thing I told you before that has never come to pass. Anything l tell you must come to pass because I don’t just say it. I speak from the inspiration of God. “I told you that I would send Akume into retirement. You can now see it happening. “People who play God should know that their end will be disas...
APC Accuses Ortom Of Using Livestock Guard For Attacks In Benue
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APC Accuses Ortom Of Using Livestock Guard For Attacks In Benue

The All Progressive Congress, APC, in Benue state has accused the state government of sponsoring attacks in some part of the state using the Livestock Guard. But the PDP has said the APC was making the accusation out of fear of failing the forthcoming elections The APC House of Representatives Candidate for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency, Mr Conrad Terhide Utaan made the allegation on Thursday while briefing newsmen in reaction to the attacks in the community of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. He said he had called the press to draw attention to a very dangerous trend emerging in the state where, according to him, Gov. Samuel Ortom’s ineptitude to deliver on good governance, had made him desperate for survival. He said that Gov Ortom had, recently, abandoned eve...
If I Die Today, Hold The Federal Government Responsible – Samuel Ortom
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If I Die Today, Hold The Federal Government Responsible – Samuel Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said that the Buhari-led government is after his life. And that if anything happens to him, the government should be held responsible. Speaking to newsmen at the Benue State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja on Monday January 28th. Governor Ortom said since his defection from APC to PDP in June 2018, the Federal government has been after his life. “If I die today, the federal government should be held responsible,” he said.
No Cattle Routes In Benue – Governor Ortom
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No Cattle Routes In Benue – Governor Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Thursday said there are no cattle routes in the state. Ortom, in a statement made available to newsmen in Makurdi by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, noted that he spoke at NKST Church in Buruku, while interacting with officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on re-election campaign in the local government area. The governor, according to the statement, was reacting to the televised comments on President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter. He said the president’s overall performance was shameful and a confirmation of what his wife stated that having lost control, a cabal had taken charge. The statement further indicated that even if there were such routes which were gazetted he would have de-gazetted the...
Stop Hate Buhari Campaign, Pay Your Staff, Presidency Warns Ortom
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Stop Hate Buhari Campaign, Pay Your Staff, Presidency Warns Ortom

The presidency has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to desist from basing his campaign for re-election on falsehoods concerning President Muhammadu Buhari. According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Governor Ortom’s campaign is designed to drive attention from pertinent issues in Benue state. “Governor Ortom’s campaign is clearly one designed to stir division and hatred, and to divert the people’s attention from his inability to pay staff salaries and pensions for several months. Below is the full statement by the presidency. “It has been noted that the governor has been visiting churches in the state where he falsely tells congregations about President Buhari’s so-called plans to Islamise Benue State. This nonsense ...
Lagos Type Of Godfatherism Can’t Work In Benue State – Ortom
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Lagos Type Of Godfatherism Can’t Work In Benue State – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Tuesday, told Senator George Akume that the type of godfatherism being practised in Lagos State would not work in Benue. Ortom said Akume was attacking him not because he had not performed but because he refused to submit to the control of Akume, who was Benue State Governor between 1999 and 2007. He also accused Akume of diverting N2bn from the state coffers while serving as governor to prosecute his Senate ambition in 2007. Ortom, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, was reacting to a statement credited to Akume, in which he reportedly described Ortom’s performance in office as abysmal. Akume had in an interview with journalists at his residence in Makurdi alleged that Benue had realised over N500b...
Photos Of The 17 Priests And Parishioners Murdered By Fulani Herdsmen Yesterday
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Photos Of The 17 Priests And Parishioners Murdered By Fulani Herdsmen Yesterday

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has taken to his twitter handle to express shock and sadness over the gruesome murder of two priests and parishioners at a Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area of of the state earlier today.In his tweet, the governor who has had to bury one too many of his state residents killed during herdsmen attacks, commiserated with the family of those that were killed in the attack today. ''I commiserate with the Bishop of Makurdi Catholic Diocese and the entire Church over the killing of two priests in Mbalom, Gwer East LGA today. I also mourn with families of other victims of the attack'' he wrote The Governor has some words to say on the issue:
Nigeria Has Highest Number Of Unimmunised Children Worldwide
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Nigeria Has Highest Number Of Unimmunised Children Worldwide

Wife of the Benue State Governor Dr. Eunice Ortom has revealed that Nigeria ranks top in the number of children globally who are not immunised against measles. Mrs. Ortom disclosed this on Tuesday in Makurdi, the state capital at a stakeholders meeting. ”Nigeria has the highest number of children who are not immunized against measles globally ahead of India and Pakistan,” she said. She said that the statistics were gotten from World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children Educational Fund (UNICEF) data of 2016 saying it was in line with the above that the Federal Government (FG) had organized a National Measles Campaign to immunize children from nine to 59 months. The governor’s wife informed further that Benue State was going to commence its exercise from Feb. 8 ...
Ortom Reacts To Claim That Benue Own Militia Group
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Ortom Reacts To Claim That Benue Own Militia Group

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has debunked claims that his government runs a militia group. He spoke on Thursday in Makurdi, when the Benue Youth Prayer Group and National Union of Road Transport Workers, Benue State chapter paid him a condolence visit over recent killings. The governor described the rumour as a way of diverting attention from the actual problem. Ortom said, “the rumour is the handiwork of mischief makers who want to divert the attention of people from the killings.” He insisted that Benue does not need any militia to tackle the incessant attacks on innocent indigenes, “because the Lord God Almighty will help them to defeat their enemies”. He recalled that if he had wanted to keep a militia group, he would not have disarmed those that were in possessio...
We Will Die Before Fulani Herdsmen Take Over Our Land – Tiv Group
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We Will Die Before Fulani Herdsmen Take Over Our Land – Tiv Group

Following the recent killings of innocent people by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, a Tiv socio-cultural organisation, Swem Karagbe, has warned that it would resist vehemently with the last drop of its blood, any attempt to forcefully take over the ancestral home of the Benue people. The group, while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful by arresting and prosecuting the killers, however, vowed that it would not fold its hands and watch any attempt to annihilate their people. Making its position known in a statement signed by its President-General, Emmanuel Ukan, in Abuja, yesterday, the group called for the arrest of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, who, it noted, had sometimes in 2017, threatened to invade the state after the signi...
Tuface Visits Gov. Ortom Over Herdsmen Attack
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Tuface Visits Gov. Ortom Over Herdsmen Attack

Music Legend, 2face Idibia, on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to his Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom over the recent herdsmen killings in the state.   DAILY POST recalls that Tuface during Soundcity awards called on the government to end killings in his state The Benue state born singer was received at the state government house by the governor and members of his cabinet. President Muhammadu Buhari has, however, been widely criticized for not visiting Benue victims since the recent attacks in the middle belt region.
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Benue Killings: Ortom, Ogbeh, Others Meet Buhari Today

President Muhammadu Buhari will today meet with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and other stakeholders from the state – in a bid to resolve the crisis sparked by the herdsmen killings. No fewer than 73 victims of the herdsmen’s actions were buried at the weekend. Over 60,000 displaced persons are in five camps. Confirming the development to DAILY POST on Sunday, Ogbeh said he would join his kinsman in the Villa to proffer the way forward on the killings in the state. “Yes, they just called to inform me that the governor and his entourage would be coming to have a meeting with the president on the attacks on farmers in the state”, he said. Also speaking ahead of the meeting, the state governor, Ortom, said he had ordered the arrest of those instigating the Tiv-Hausa clash or a...
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Ortom Replies Emir Sanusi Over ‘Genocide Against Fulani Herdsmen’

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has condemned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II’s statement that the genocide against the Fulani was responsible for attacks in Benue and other parts of the country. Sanusi was quoted as saying: “Some months ago in Mambilla, in one weekend, over 800 Fulani were murdered by Mambilla militias. The papers did not even go there to cover the story. Most of those wiped out were women, infants and the elderly. “In one case, a pregnant woman was killed, her stomach was ripped open and the baby was brought out and slaughtered. I personally handed over to the Federal Government a dossier with the names and pictures of the 800 or so people slaughtered as well as the names and addresses of persons known to have participated in these acts of ethnic cleansing. ...
Benue Killings: Miyetti Allah Defends Killer Herdsmen, Says Benue Local Security Caused Trouble
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Benue Killings: Miyetti Allah Defends Killer Herdsmen, Says Benue Local Security Caused Trouble

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, has given insight into what led to crisis between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Guma and Logo local government area of Benue State which led to the death some people on January 1. The Secretary-General of the association, Usman Ngelzerma alleged that the livestock guards employed by the state government to enforce the anti-open grazing law, caused the crisis. Ngelzerma claimed that the livestock guards were high-handed and were extorting money from the pastoralists. Speaking with Punch, Ngelzerma maintained that the anti-open grazing law in Benue State aimed at regulating cow grazing in the state, must be modified for peace to reign in the state. Ngelzerma also noted that the State Governor, Samuel Ortom was wrongly advised on...

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