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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that his administration will not stifle the opposition in the state so that democracy can thrive at its best.

Ortom made the remark while delivering his speech at IBB Square in Makurdi, during a fb_img_1447969382720.jpgreception held to celebrate his victory at the Supreme Court.

“Let me assure that we are not out to stifle the opposition. Democracy thrives best in the face of a vibrant opposition. Let all citizens of the state, however, drop political cleavages and focus on the Benue project for the future of our present and children yet unborn,” he said.


By Morgan Adikwu

“When things go wrong in the society, truth is always the first casualty but the discovery of the truth must be a ladder towards a genuine reconcilation”…… Oputa

Furtherance to the nullification of the Benue South senatorial election and a re-run slated for 13th February 2016, there has been an impressive campaign disputes across the two major divides in the forthcoming election.

However, my greatest worry, is the inability of the acclaimed social media activists to redirect the parochial subjective campaign to objective issue based. My idea of a Representative in democratic settings, is a person or group of person chosen by the electorates to act on their behalf and more importantly protect their


(electorates) interests.

What is the major interest of zone C’ for now? ROADS! The quality and nature of roads are indices of categorizing a settlement into Township, a Suburbs or Urban areas. It has the capacity to attracts or mars other essentials of good living, because of it’s multiplier effects.

According to the RAMP reports in Benue State : The Rural Access Mobility Projects consists of 18 Rural Roads Projects which were supposed to be executed by the Agriculture Ministry in Benue South Senatorial District of Benue State. They were the constituency projects for the former Senate President, the distinguished Senator David Mark for the year 2012. The rural roads were meant to give access to farmers to move their Agricultural produce to main markets.

The road projects in Benue South are:


It is with a deep sense of responsibility that I wish to extend my profound appreciation and gratitude to my teaming supporters comprising elders, stakeholders, youth and women groups as well as non-partisan technocrats who have stood by me in my quest to govern Benue State, a journey which began with formal consultations since 2012.

Because this contest was partisan, the then ruling party, the People’s Democratic


Party (PDP) provided me the opportunity to contest for the governorship primaries which on Monday, the 8th day of December, 2014 climaxed with my emergence as its candidate for that office, on its platform. The rigorous campaign exercise took me to the nooks and crannies of our dear state, where I had the need to come face to face with development challenges confronting our state. Consequently, I had prepared a sound document which highlighted my developmental programmes, ultimately targetted at ameliorating the sufferings of the people, particularly those living in the hinterlands of our state and are nearly cut off from the urban centres.

On Saturday, 11th April 2015, the general election was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the results indicating that the opposition All Progressives Congress, (APC) as it then was, had emerged victorious at the polls.


By Odimegwu Onwumere

There is a saying that when you want to be the best, you have to be better than the second person. The former is the new crown given to the ebullient Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State at the Supreme Court on January 15 2016, by seven justices.

The court said that he is the best, without any skirmishes in the political squabble he had with the Benue State gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Terhemen Tarzoor in the April 11 2015, general elections.

Prince Tarzoor had approached the Supreme Court on November 26 2015 through a Senior learned counsel  J.O Adesina SAN, to


appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal that was in favour of Governor Samuel Ortom’s mandate.

Tarzoor filed 9 grounds notice of appeal. But on January 15 2016, his aim to thwart and depose the government of Ortom was dwarfed by the Supreme Court and the election of Ortom was upheld to continue.

This is what Mr. Justice John Inyang Okoro told Tarzoor at the apex court while delivering the lead judgment: “It is crystal clear that this appeal is devoid of any scintilla of merit and is accordingly dismissed. Evidence on record shows that the Appellants were not aspirants who participated at the primary election of the APC (2nd Respondent) held on 4th December, 2014.

“Their complaint before this court is a challenge to the selection or nomination of the 1st Respondent herein by his pa

It is common parlance to hear people say “when the frog in front falls in a pit the ones behind take precaution”, meaning it is wise to learn from what happens to others lest you fall victim of the same circumstance.

This adage will very well suffice in today’s political situation in Benue state. The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision today dismissed the appeal by the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon. Terhen Tarzoor while upholding the victory of


Governor Samuel Ortom of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the polls.

Prior to this judgement the Benue political mood was heightened as players and actors were polarised against party loyalties with the hope of the judgement going either ways.

The above situation certainly had elicited some criticism, personal attacks and even unsavoury behavior from supporters of both actors. Chiefly in the midst of this battle was the sectional claim of Ihyarev versus the Nongov of MINDA extraction in Tiv land.