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Omadachi Oklobia

The Benue State House of Assembly has summoned  the commissioner of Finance, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Solomon Wombo and the Chairman Benue Internal Revenue Service(BIRS ), Mr. Gabriel Asen, to appear before it to explain the reasons that have led to the delay in the payment of salaries and pension to retirees.

The  Assembly took this decision today when it deliberated on a motion moved by 23 of its members concerning the states financial situation and the non payment of workers salaries nasty well as retiree benefits.

In the motion titled motion “Calling on the Benue State government to furnished the House with the financial status of the state”, it was resolved that the state commissioner for Finance should appear and submit to it details of revenue received from the Federation Account and expenditure from January, 2014 to date.

The house also agreed that the Chairman of BIRS should also appear and submit details of internal revenue received from the same period.

the Special Adviser on LG is also required to appear and submit details of cash flow/ revenue from the federation account and disbursements to LGs covering the same period.
All the documents are to be submitted next Tuesday


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Ugbah and Ortom at the presentation

The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, today announced Professor Steve Ugbah, Prof Steve Ugbah as the Director General of the Ortom/Abounu Governorship Campaign Organization.

Ortom made the announcement at a meeting with Professor Ugbah and his supporters at the Smile View Hotel in Makurdi.
Leaders of the various support groups pledged their support and requested Chief Dr Ortom to integrate them into his campaign organization and other party activities.

Professor Ugbah had presented Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, and his running mate, Engr Benson Abounu, to his supporters to work for the ticket to win the 2015 race in the state.

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Ugbah presents Ortom to those present

Prof Ugbah contested against Gov Suswam in 2011 and he is one of those who had been aggrieved with his emergence as candidate. This appointment puts paid to the rumours of crisis in the campaign organisation due to choice of Director-General.


By Ati Kenneth Kengkeng
If not for the postponement of the election by six weeks I wouldn’t have had the luxury of writing this article. Thanks to Jega and by extension, the service chiefs. Ordinarily, one would have preferred to steer clear of this terrain completely, reason being that, of the duo of Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom and Rt. Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor, none, in my opinion, has the capacity to stimulate and/or jumpstart Benue to the required height, especially after this ugly outing by Dr. Gabriel Suswam. They both have something to offer, no doubt, but in a lesser quantity and quality.

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Having attended the gubernatorial debate organized by Tivnet, I’m confident that I’ve not made a mistake narrowing down to these two candidates. I wish I had a third in person of Rev. Samuel Gar in the fold but it’s rather unfortunate that inspite of his grasp of issues, zeal and temerity to proffer workable solutions, he is running on an unpopular and greatly disadvantaged platform the SDP. 
At the end of the primaries in the ruling PDP, I was taken aback by the emergence of Tarzoor. I thought common sense will advise, guide and engineer the process such that a tested and trusted hand will emerge, but No; that was not going to happen. It was politics as usual and whoever better served the ego and other sundry interests of the incumbent took the day, else, I kept wondering; How does a Tarzoor emerge winner in a contest that includes the likes of Engr. Felix Atume, Dr. James Mbachiantim, Peter Chieshe and Prof. David Ker? These are professionals, technocrats and people whose entire lives revolve virtually around excellence and hardwork. They have hit the top with personal commitment, proven integrity and dedication to service. On the other hand, little can be said of Tarzoor. Where was he? What does he do? What can he do? What has he done? These questions will leave you with almost no encouraging or satisfactory answers which are in no way comparable to the curriculum vitae of the above mentioned personalities. This is an effort to establish without any iota of doubt that character, content, conscience and competence were relegated for other trivial and derogatory factors in the determination of the candidate, hence the emergence of “The man wey sabi”. It will be wrong to derive that Tarzoor is a bad man. That is not the message. He might be a great person but Benue has been short-changed knowing that there were greater persons, people with outstanding credentials and unbeatable pedigree in the fold where he stood tall.
The story in the APC is loaded with intrigues. The most popular candidate lost out due to political acrobatics with the leadership of the party. Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime was heading for a landslide at the primaries. The golden child of 2011 Prof. Steve Ugba was also in the race. It is he that delayed the process with a court injunction over his exclusion from the primaries. The following day, the injunction was vacated but the National Convention of the party was to hold in two days. This finally put paid to the hope of a primary election. Former Minister, Industrialist and Entrepreneur Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom who had just lost to Tarzoor in the PDP found a loophole in the APC constitution and cross-carpeted to join the fold of aspirants in disarray. Since the primaries could not hold, the onus was on the leadership of the party to produce a candidate. The stone that was rejected in PDP became the corner stone in APC. It was Ortom. This couldn’t have happened without the blessing and endorsement of his pal, erstwhile boss and leader of the party Sen. Dr. George Akume. Tempers flared especially by those who think, feel and demanded that Jime, having labored so hard, should’ve clinched the ticket but that was not to happen. Jime headed for the court while Ortom hit the road consulting and campaigning. For the APC leadership, the killer move was to hand the ticket to Ortom probably because he is more experienced, has longer hands, deeper pockets and will dare or scare the PDP more than any other candidate. This decision did not come without consequences. Today, many party faithfuls have either ditched the party or remained adamant over the short-changing of delegates and the high-handedness of the leader Sen. Dr. George Akume.
As it stands today, a more politically exposed and experienced Samuel Ortom will square up against the young and exuberant Terhemen Tarzoor in the April 11 showdown. While little might be known of Tarzoor, Ortom has been consistent on the scene for a long time. He was the Executive Chairman of Guma Local Government in 1992 and when democracy returned to Nigeria in 1999, he rose through the ranks in the PDP from the State level to the National level where he was National Auditor of the party before becoming cabinet minister, a position from which he resigned to contest the Governorship of Benue State. Over the years, he enlarged his coast by building several fledging business outfits across the state employing over 400 youths.
It is common knowledge that Ortom has been the architect of a lot of mischief in various capacities in Benue State over the years. As Chairman of Guma Local Government, he was reported to have won a lot of awards both locally and internationally through propaganda and not performance that can be felt or measured. At the inception of the present democratic experiment, he played so many key roles in the administration of the then Governor George Akume. Ortom was akin to “Mr. Fix it”. There was hardly a political knot in the polity that he could not untie. Since 2003, election votes from Guma Local Government have been reportedly higher in number than those of Makurdi Local Government, the homestead of the State capital. This is something quite difficult to understand owing to the numerical strength of the voting population. Ordinarily, one would expect that Makurdi would have a higher number of voters which actually is the case but the political magic wand of Ortom has always carried the day. He was the ultimate electoral miracle worker. What is most worrisome is the difficulty to itemize the things that have been translated to his people in the rural areas in relation to the high and mighty offices he has occupied. The road to his hometown is not motorable, his people are the worst hit by Fulani marauders, the agro-allied activities are retrogressively at its lowest and a lot more. One would have loved to see the quality of Ortom’s personality emphasized in conquering these challenges in tandem with the litany of offices he has occupied and the political power he commands.  
Since 2010, we heard and have witnessed a transformed or better still, the born again version of Samuel Ortom. He is reportedly a converted man and now an elder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. His speeches have changed, his fire spitting persona diminished for a softer man and a less aggressive politician. It is known today that he is a man of God. His love for God has become an open secret and is demonstrated on any platform he is opportuned to express himself. Apart from his vast business and political connection paving way for him, the church in Benue State is loud, open and dogged about his candidature. Indications from religious quarters show clearly that he is favoured by the leadership of the Church in the State. It is commonplace to come by the clergy (particularly the Pentecostal clergy) who will conscientise you about the prospects of an Ortom Governorship. With over 25 years committed to the political system, Ortom should to have the upper hand except that in this era, the determinants are beyond experience. 
On the other hand, an obscure Tarzoor who was mostly known in 2011 was a second term legislator in the House of Assembly. Most of what is known of him is that he was Speaker of the house for about 7 months before he was sacked by the court. It was an all time low for him after he lost out and he instantly returned to obscurity. As a political watcher, I knew with utmost certainty that he neither had the financial resources nor the political capital to bulldoze his way through heavy weights like the Deputy Governor Chief Steven Lawani, Former Ministers Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom and Hon. Sam Ode and others. For a fact, Tarzoor was not on ground. Call it fate, providence or trial and error, Tarzoor was never to be anywhere near the PDP ticket for the Government House of Benue State if not for the overwhelming fear of displeasing the incumbent. The Suswam factor was the ultimate decider of the primaries where other aspirants were convinced, cajoled or threatened to drop their ambition in support of Tarzoor or face the unforeseen consequences of their refusal. Many withdrew, declared their support for Tarzoor and also pointed to him as the man whom delegates loyal to them should vote. All the aspirants in this category did not leave the party but rather have donated their campaign offices and structures in support of Tarzoor. This has proven to be a great booster for the PDP as most of the aspirants have towed the line. Another thing worth mentioning is that, of all the aspirants who lost at the primaries, only Chief Dr. Samuel Ortom cross-carpeted to the opposition unlike what is obtainable in other states. This is a demonstration of their commitment towards ensuring that PDP wins the governorship of the State. That notwithstanding, Tarzoor has all the attributes of a man with maximum appetite for the cares of life. I’ve heard various testimonies of his capacity to entertain opposing views, give a listening ear and also learn. The singular opportunity I had to listen to him was at the Tivnet Gubernatorial Debate but unfortunately, of all the 8 aspirants in the race, he was the only one who turned down the debate and didn’t attend. Reasons have been given for that but all, in my opinion, point to a calculated effort at escaping a pubic engagement in a perfect societal mix like that which obtained at the debate. This speaks of a deficiency or a seeming inability to drive the process that will lead to the emancipation of the people.
While Ortom might have a name/image to redeem, wrongs to right and an economy to build, I think Tarzoor does not have an adequate understanding of where we are and where we are supposed to be. This is occasioned by his choice of activities in the form of the yuletide show organized at IBB Square where over 25 million of naira was ferried to Lagos to hire artistes to perform for the people of Benue. The major benefit of the show is a short-lived excitement that has no economic or spiritual value. This concentration on activities that have tangential effect on lives of the people suggests that Benue in the hands of Tarzoor will avail us only crumbs. The landing cost of a tomato paste machine is less than 6 million naira. With the structure, power, logistics, running cost and other requirements, one can have one “Tin Tomato Factory” with less than 18 million naira. The Lagos based artistes are gone. They will smile to the bank while the youngman displaced by Fulani will go back to his cubicle, jobless, homeless and helpless. But what are we to expect when his benefactor has been doing same? What disturbs me most is that the youth endorse, encourage and actually demand these. Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime did same in 2013 and I berated him in like manner. Benue youths are not tools to achieveing or satisfying the desires of the elite. This is why I doff my hat for an Ortom who prefers to and has established industries, employed young graduates and is empowering them.
I cannot forget to mention that the choice of Deputy Governorship candidates is a determinant of the chances of both parties. For the PDP, Hon. John Ngbede is one politician who has consistently been on the scene since 1999 and holds the aces in Agatu where he comes from. His political spread cuts across the state owing to his perpetual stay in Government. It is rather unfortunate that the APC chose a less popular candidate to deputize Ortom in person of Hon. Benson Abounu. With Benue Southwest (Zone C) in the firm grip of Sen. David Mark who is obviously behind Ngbede, it is only a matter of time before the true weight of Abounu and the APC in the zone is exposed.
As the elections beckon on us, the last is yet to be seen of both camps. The PDP has approached the court challenging the eligibility of Ortom to contest the governorship election under the platform of APC. This, Ortom says is an attempt to distract him because the PDP is afraid of the massive support base of the APC and as a law abiding citizen, will avail himself and see the litigation through. One ugly trend that surfaced recently is the threat to life and the destruction of campaign materials of both parties by her faithful. There have been allegations and counter allegations as to who started the destruction. Both aspirants have condemned the act and called their supporters to order. Unfortunately, the APC is still counting her losses as the attacks have continued. This must be stopped. There is also a likelihood that the outcome of the Presidential election will affect the chances of both parties at the Governorship elections. Majority of the folks supporting the PDP are angling and spreading word that Buhari should be voted for President. The unforeseen consequences of a Buhari win is likely to be a massive turnout for the Ortom/Abounu APC ticket as Benue is known to always play ball with the party at the centre. Should Buhari win the Presidential election as expected, Samuel Ortom will receive a big boost and the urge to vote in Ortom by all and sundry will be almost irresistible. One thing that is sacrosanct is that President Jonathan is a hard sell to the Benue electorate.  This is one scenario that cannot be ruled out whatsoever. In the coming weeks, the people will decide ultimately who takes over the mantle of leadership for the next four years, hoping that it will be better and people oriented unlike the abysmal display of corruption and self-centered leadership experienced under Gabriel Torwua Suswam.


. As Ortom’s Car receives gun shots

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One of the cars shot

Violence has continued to rear its head in the governorship campaigns in Benue State even as the billboards of aspirants and the campaign headquarters of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ),  governorship aspirant,  Chief Samuel Ortom was attacked including the Senate Minority leader’s Hotel, HAF Haven, where a couple of supporters were injured.
Only this morning gunmen shot and damaged three vehicles on the convoy of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom.
The attack which happened at the funeral of a lecturer late Dr Samson Sambe, in Adikpo, Kwande local government, which they also disrupted.
Chief Dr Ortom was delivering funeral oration when sporadic gunshots were heard and sympathizers started to scamper for safety.
Elder brother of the deceased and Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr Asen Sambe, had to appeal for calm as the funeral was hurriedly concluded.
In spite of the shots which intensified Chief Dr Ortom concluded his speech before he was informed that three of his vehicles parked near the Magistrate Court close to Adikpo Comprehensive College, ACC, Adikpo had been targets of some of the shots.
The glass on the owner’s side of a branded Ford Hillux van was shattered and the bullet exited through the roof even as another branded pick up was hit at the tail board and the bullet went through, came out of by the left side and brushed a journalist’s car parked close by.
Another bullet flattened the right front tyre of the third vehicle.
The gunmen, who according to eyewitnesses were three in a red Toyota Corolla popularly called ‘dognyash’ sped off through the street that passes by the side of ACC.
While inspecting the vehicles an informant told Chief Dr Ortom that the gunmen belonged to a group headed by a prominent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, thug in Adikpo town.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment, proceeded to the Adikpo police station where he lodged a formal complaint to the Divisional Police Officer.
The DPO, Mr John Bako, a deputy superintendent of Police, assured that investigation into the shooting would commence immediately. 


. Drags him to court

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Dr. Samuel Ortom

The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Benue state chapter has dragged Chief Samuel Ortom and APC to court .
In a writ of summon filed by Counsel to PDP, Barr Andrew Wombo , the party claimed that Chief Ortom is still a member of PDP, as he has not resigned proper.
For APC, PDP alleged that there was no primaries and ask INEC not to forward the name of chief Ortom as APC governorship candidate .
When the matter came out for mentioning  today Barrister Wombo told the court that INEC and APC has been served, except chief Ortom who has evade service and applied for substituted service which Justice Binta Nyako granted that it should be placed on his gate .

Meanwhile, the governorship aspirant has declared that he is ready for any court case and would willingly accept court papers any time, any day.

According to  Dr Ortom,as a law abiding citizen who had committed no crime and had always played by the rules he was not scared of any litigation adding however, that no bailiff had approached him with any papers on the matter, even as he had been accessible all this time.
He further added that  his lawyers were also standing by to respond to any issues the PDP had raised in the suit once the papers in which their cause has been disclosed are received, but wondered why they would institute a case against him when he had left that party.

The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment drew the attention of the journalists to his recent statement in which he alerted members of the public about plans of the ruling party to attack him from several flanks.
He said the plans included litigation, physical attacks on him, his supporters and campaign offices as well as concerted smear, mischief and calumny targeted at intimidating him and dampening the spirit of APC and the electorate.
Chief Dr Ortom stated that the desperate measures arose from the dwindling electoral fortunes and imminent defeat awaiting the PDP at the forthcoming polls judging from the soaring popularity and acceptability of the APC throughout the state.


. As PDP thugs attack Ortom’s Office
The political tension in Benue has taken a down turn as violence takes over the campaigns in Benue. The state has witnessed an unprecedented sound of violence as thugs and supporters of the two leading political parties have began metting out violence on property and known supporters of opposing camps.
Only between yesterday and early hours of today hoodlums identified as well known Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, thugs last night attacked All Progressives Congress, APC, supporters and destroyed property at the Half Haven Hotel and the Ortom/Abounu campaign headquarters at Oracle Printing Press Limited, High Level, Makurdi. 

A victim of the attack, Terungwa Sunny Nyior, disclosed that he and several APC supporters sat out at HAF Haven Hotel at about 11 pm last night when suddenly more than 30 PDP thugs stormed the place with gunshots and engaged them in a free for all fight using rifles, axes and cutlasses.
He stated that the attackers removed the tooth of Terhile Uchi, another APC supporter with an Axe and also hit him on the hand.
According to him they broke the glasses of three APC vehicles parked on the premises before they proceeded to the Ortom/Abounu campaign headquarters.
Mr Nyior said they were able to arrest one of the attackers who he identified as Tianpa and took him to the police A Division in Makurdi.
He disclosed that he knew most of the attackers and has given their names to the police for arrest.

The thugs pulled down APC flags, billboards, and posters and broke office windows as well as that of the boutique on the premises. 
They broke glasses of campaign vehicles parked at the office and that of the Oracle Driving School.
Eyewitnesses say the damage would have been more extensive if it were not for an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps posted to the place who fired into the air and they dispersed.

Reacting to the incidence, Chief Dr Ortom stated that it was unfortunate that the attack plans against him which had been uncovered were been implemented but appealed to his supporters to remain calm and law abiding while the matter had been reported to the police.
The APC governorship candidate stated that the attacks were intended to provoke him and his supporters to react so that the ruling party could frame him up for arrest and appealed that no one should give the opponents that opportunity
He called on the police to arrest those culpable and prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others.
Chief Dr Ortom appealed to political leaders to impress on their followers to abide by the peace initiatives of the Benue Catholic Bishops which they all subscribed to and cease hostilities. One
He said he would explore the possibility of dialogue with all political stakeholders from all the parties on the development so as to avert escalation of the situation because the people of the state cannot afford further violence in addition to the ongoing external attacks and general poverty in the land.
Meanwhile billboards of the PDP governorship aspirant were also destroyed at the pages park garden where they were hosted by suspected  APC supporters. Although no loss of life or injury was registered  the billboards were severely vandalised.  See pictures of vandalism below:

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Ortom Campaign office attacked by hoodlums

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One of the vehicles vandalised at Ortom's office

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Part of the vandalism at Ortom's office

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Another vehicle vandalised during the attack

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Terhemen Tarzoor's billboards vandalised at pages park

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Another view of the vandalised Tarzoor billboards


The political tension in Benue has taken a down turn as violence takes over the campaigns in Benue. The state has witnessed an unprecedented sound of violence as thugs and supporters of the two leading political parties have began metting out violence on property and known supporters of opposing camps.
Only between yesterday and early hours of today hoodlums identified as well known Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, thugs last night attacked All Progressives Congress, APC, supporters and destroyed property at the Half Haven Hotel and the Ortom/Abounu campaign headquarters at Oracle Printing Press Limited, High Level, Makurdi. 

A victim of the attack, Terungwa Sunny Nyior, disclosed that he and several APC supporters sat out at HAF Haven Hotel at about 11 pm last night when suddenly more than 30 PDP thugs stormed the place with gunshots and engaged them in a free for all fight using rifles, axes and cutlasses.
He stated that the attackers removed the tooth of Terhile Uchi, another APC supporter with an Axe and also hit him on the hand.
According to him they broke the glasses of three APC vehicles parked on the premises before they proceeded to the Ortom/Abounu campaign headquarters.
Mr Nyior said they were able to arrest one of the attackers who he identified as Tianpa and took him to the police A Division in Makurdi.
He disclosed that he knew most of the attackers and has given their names to the police for arrest.

The thugs pulled down APC flags, billboards, and posters and broke office windows as well as that of the boutique on the premises. 
They broke glasses of campaign vehicles parked at the office and that of the Oracle Driving School.
Eyewitnesses say the damage would have been more extensive if it were not for an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps posted to the place who fired into the air and they dispersed.

Reacting to the incidence, Chief Dr Ortom stated that it was unfortunate that the attack plans against him which had been uncovered were been implemented but appealed to his supporters to remain calm and law abiding while the matter had been reported to the police.
The APC governorship candidate stated that the attacks were intended to provoke him and his supporters to react so that the ruling party could frame him up for arrest and appealed that no one should give the opponents that opportunity
He called on the police to arrest those culpable and prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others.
Chief Dr Ortom appealed to political leaders to impress on their followers to abide by the peace initiatives of the Benue Catholic Bishops which they all subscribed to and cease hostilities. One
He said he would explore the possibility of dialogue with all political stakeholders from all the parties on the development so as to avert escalation of the situation because the people of the state cannot afford further violence in addition to the ongoing external attacks and general poverty in the land.
Meanwhile billboards of the PDP governorship aspirant were also destroyed at the pages park garden where they were hosted by suspected  APC supporters. Although no loss of life or injury was registered  the billboards were severely vandalised.  See pictures of vandalism below:

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Ortom Campaign office attacked by hoodlums

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One of the vehicles vandalised at Ortom's office

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Part of the vandalism at Ortom's office

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Another vehicle vandalised during the attack

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Terhemen Tarzoor's billboards vandalised at pages park

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Another view of the vandalised Tarzoor billboards


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Gabriel Suswam

Barely one week after seventeen people were massacred in Agatu local government area by Fulani insurgents, gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen have launched another attack in five villages in Logo, Governor Gabriel Suswam’s local government killing fifteen people in the process and burning over one hundred houses.

The villages attacked included Chembe, Tse-Mue, Ifer, Mgbakpa and Oragbai all in Ukemberagya council ward which is four kilometers away from Anyiin, headquarters of the local government.

The gunmen had stormed the area at about 5: 48 am and started shooting sporadically into the air for several hours, leaving scores of people displaced.

Senior Special Assistance to Suswam on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Joseph Anawah, whose village was also razed said the insurgents numbering about 100, used different routes to invade the villages.

He also hinted that massive looting of household items and other items belonging to the Tiv farmers, followed the shooting and killings which lasted for several hours.

The governor’s aide stated that the insurgents traced some farmers to their farms and killed them, adding that most of those killed included people that were rendered homeless as a result of last years attacks on the communities by the herdsmen and had returned to their villages to cultivate their farmlands.

He sued for the swift intervention of the federal government and other well meaning individuals and organizations to end the crisis in order to save the state and nation from imminent famine following the displacement of farmers who rely mostly on their farms to feed themselves.

Confirming the incidence, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP John Bako said two people were killed in the brutal attack.

The PPRO said, the people were killed when the Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by the state government to reconcile the Tiv and Fulani imbroglio, were holding a meeting a meeting to fine tune ways of ending the intractable crises.

He stated that dozens of armed mobile policemen have been drafted to the area to maintain peace and ensure the return of the displaced people to ancestral homes


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Dr. Samuel Ortom

There is palpable tension in the All Progressives Congress ( APC ),  as there has developed a disagreement between the governorship aspirant, Dr. Samuel Ortom and the party leader in the state, Sen. George Akume over the choice of a Director-General for the governorship campaign organisation.
According to an inside source the disagreement is why the campaign organisation is yet to appoint a Director-General. It was gathered that the governorship candidate had preferred Arc. Joe Ikyaagba, who Akume has rejected on account of certain disagreements and claimed inconsistency and back stabbing.

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Sen. George Akume

In the same vein the nominee of the senate minority leader’s nominee, Barr. Moses A tagger, a one time Executive Director at Federal Mortgage Bank, suffered a shock as the nomination was turned down based on acclaimed principal, saying he was not in support of the circumstances leading to Ortom’s emergency as flag-bearer.
Also approached with the offer, is former Action Congress of Nigeria ( ACN ),  and APC governorship aspirant, Prof. Steve Ugbah who has taken the party to court, who turned it down under the pretence that he be given time to think over the matter.
Following from this development, the APC is yet to inaugurate her state campaign team a few days to the general elections,  leaving their supporters dumbfounded as to the party’s ability to properly carry on in an organised manner. Feelers are that the party officials are also confused as to how to proceed.  They have accused the party leader, Sen. Akume of  being responsible for the party’s general lack of direction and declining public sympathy.
They have attributed the lack of zeal amongst party members which has contributed to the party’s failure to reach the electorates even as the hunger for change is prevalent, as it continues to grapple with one controversy after another as a result of last December’s controversial primaries or out right imposition of candidates.
Already the party in the state is engulfed in a series of litigation emanating from the faulted primaries. Some of the cases include those of: Hon. Emmanuel Jime,  Prof. Steve Ugbah (Guber), Adaa Maagbe (Senate), Engr. George Nduul,  Frank U too,  Terhide Utaan (House of Representatives) and a couple of others whose filling was said to have been prevented or delayed by the strike.
Public reaction is of mixed feelings, but one thing appears consistent,  that the APC may have succeeded in dampening previous public sympathy and growing wind of change that seemed to have enveloped the Benue political atmosphere.


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Tarzoor at the event

The governorship campaigns  of Rt. Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor yesterday received a huge boost as it realised over 130 Million Naira from pledges and donations at  a fund raising dinner .

Leading the pack of donors was Minister of Interior,  Comrade Abba Moro who began the fund raising with an N80 million donation. According to him,  N30 million was on his behalf and friends of the ministry while, N50 million was on behalf of friends outside of the ministry of internal affairs. 

Also amongst the top flight donors were Dr Timothy Ijir, Dr Akaahan Dominic, and an anonymous donor who donated N10 million each, while the Benue House of Assembly members donated N5 million. 

The Director General of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhii, Senate President’s Daughter Hon. Blessing Ene, PDP House of Representative members from the state, and members of the State Executive committee all donated N2 million and a couple of other donors donated various amounts to the cause.

Donations also came from the first female pilot from Benue Rosemary Sugh – N10,000.00, all  aspirants who contested for the party’s gubernatorial ticket also donated N500,000. 00, while the Tarzoor’s secondary school classmates set of 1991 led donated N400,000 . There was also an anonymous donation of 10,000 Euros and 2 brand new Toyota Prado SUV cars. 

PDP support groups led by #BOOTH2BOOTH which donated 1 Million Naira also donated various sums. 

The gubernatorial candidate received words of advice and encouragement from elder statesmen with much delight. Chairman of the occasion, senate president David Alechenu Mark urged Benue people to come together with a sense of community and own the Tarzoor/Ngbede campaign project; to move Benue forward.

The Aspirant and his running mate expressed their overwhelming joy and humility at the amount of support showered on them by the party and it’s supporters. 

The governorship aspirant while expressing his gratitude, told the attendees that his government would focus on agriculture, citing the new railway system as a huge boost to ensuring massive export of agricultural produce in the coming years.