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Suswam betrayed me by trying to scuttle my guber ambition – Benue Governor-elect



Samuel Ortom-Gabriel SuswamGovernor-elect of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, is disappointed in the incumbent, Gabriel Suswam, for almost truncating his ambition.

The governor-elect termed Suswam’s action betrayal.

Ortom, who vied for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost to Suswam’s anointed candidate, Terhemen Tarzoor, before ending up in the All Progressives Party (APC), told a delegation of  APC leaders from Gboko Local Government Area of the state yesterday how the governor allegedly set out to “undermine my emergence as governor”.

He said he was sad especially considering the crucial role he played in the emergence of Suswam as governor in 2007.

“When our leader, Senator George Akume, directed us on what to do in the run up to the 2007 governorship election I, alongside others, worked tirelessly to ensure that Suswam became governor.

“Even though I am his senior in age and politics, I never abdicated my role as a dedicated party leader.

“When I served under him as national auditor at the PDP headquarters and later as Minister, I never betrayed him nor worked at cross purposes with his intentions.

“I was therefore saddened when he worked to undermine my ambition to be governor of Benue state”, he narrated.

The former minister also spoke on the eight Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) which Suswam recently gave to him, his wife, the deputy governor-elect and his wife.

According to him, the vehicles were statutory obligations of the outgoing administration to the incoming government.

He pledged to discharge his duties in the best interest of the majority of the people and govern with the fear of God.

The Gboko APC chairman and other leaders of the party, who spoke, pledged their commitment to the success of the incoming administration.

Gboko local government returned 55,002 votes, the highest by any local government area, for Ortom in the April 11th elections.


Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador



Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel



 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

Also Read: Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.


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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023



    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

Also Read: APC Governors’ Visit To Jonathan Is An Endorsement Of Our Party – PDP

He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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