. As Chairman set thugs on Commissioner
Thugs believed to have been sent by the Ushongo Local Government Chairman, Engr. Terver Orduen yesterday lynched the Benue State Water Resources Commissioner Mrs. Esther Dzungwe, in Lessel, the Ushongo Local Government headquarters.
This is as a result of leadership tussle between Orduen and Mrs. Dzungwe. Both parties had scheduled parallel stakeholders meetings in lessel, yesterday.
Two meetings involving same stakeholders in Ushongo were separately convened by the commissioner who is considered the political leader in the local government prompting the council chair Engr. Orduen Terver to call for a parallel meeting, it was learnt.
The council chairman who is accused of disrupting the Monday meeting according to sources was irked that he as the chief security officer of the local government is in the rightful position to convene the meeting of such magnitude but not the commissioner.
Our source who pleaded anonymity said not long that the meeting settled for business of the day when stern looking young men stormed Royal Partners venue of the meeting with a clear cut message for the gathering to disperse.
Esther according to our source had called the stakeholders to inform them of the need to constitute zoning committees that would see to amicable sharing of political offices in the area in addition to brief them on her efforts to sink boreholes in each council ward of Ushongo Local Government Area as well as the restored two constituencies in the local government.
The commissioner latter briefed the gathering briskly. She explained the reason why she could not consent to the 18th September, 2014 meeting convened by the chairman and cited other engagements.
Engr. Orduen who is believed to be eying the Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituencies seat sources said is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure his grip on the party structure in the local government with view to extending his tentacles to Kwande to pay way for his ascension to the National Assembly.
It was further learnt that the Monday event may deepen crisis in the PDP in Ushongo as major stakeholders who were at the meeting considered what is now believed to be the chairman’s directive as a slap in their face and vowed to boycott the Thursday meeting.
However in a phone chat with atiterkula, Engr. Orduen, denied involvement in the said incident noting that, he was not in any power tussle with anyone and his mission in Ushongo was to serve and not to become a leader.
the chairman also added that while the meeting held he was out of the town and could not have led thugs to disrupt the event. He further dissociated himself with any form of disagreement with the commissioner even as he asserted that he had no recruited thugs or business renting the services of any.