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Gov Ortom removes predecessor’s picture from government house

23 August 2016, 21:38

Makurdi - The Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the action of the state governor, Dr Samuel Ortom.

In a statement distributed to the media by the publicity secretary party in the state, Bemgba Lortyom, the party said Ortom has been physically erasing the face and identity of his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam, from projects the latter executed in the state.

The PDP alleged that Suswam’s name has been removed from the memorial plaque of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital and George Akume road.
The political rivalry between Governor Ortom and his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam has intensified in the last few weeks

The political rivalry between Governor Ortom and his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam has intensified in the last few weeks.

Also read: Buhari saves Ortom from losing his seat

Part of the statement read: “It has been confirmed to us that the photograph of former Governor Gabriel Suswam has been removed from amongst those of other past governors.

“We totally condemn this development as indecent, pedestrian and a primitive exhibition of ill-will by Governor Ortom towards his predecessor, Governor Suswam, and we are at great pains to observe that nowhere else in this country is such behaviour to be found in this age.”

"The party will not accept “its proud legacy of stewardship over sixteen years be deliberately undermined.”

“We therefore, demand the immediate re-installation of all such removed identity marks as we have observed and pointed out. This we demand as a matter of right,” the statement concluded.

- News 24


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