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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 Gurgur Japheth

October 23rd, 2000, Oputa Panel began sitting officially, by February 3rd 2003: IBB got a favourable judgment from the Supreme Court that the Panel had “no powers to summon witnesses outside the Federal Capital Territory” and further “that the 1999 Constitution made no provision for tribunals of inquiry”.  Till date, as far as shocking and useful the revelations in the Oputa Panel were, the reports are yet to be published and those indicted are yet to be punished accordingly.

As if the script of IBB versus Okputa Pannel was being mimicked, Justice Iorhemen Hwande in a preliminary order suspended the operations of the both panels pending the determination of the substance of the matter. However, Justice Adam


Onum in her final determination of the matter set aside the order placed on both panels. The Court held that the commission could resume sitting with immediate effect with a caveat that although it has the right to issue letters of summons on individuals, it is not vested with the power to issue a warrant of arrest on anyone or impose a fine (Berger Alfred MO, 2015)

What is not contestable is the facts that maybe contained in the report, and facts do not really need the imprimatur of a judicial panel or judicial commission to be useful in court of law. What is happening to the Dasukigates: Oliseh Metuh, Dokpesi, Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi etc is purely based on facts submitted to the EFCC. And so far, Nigerians are happy with the process and proceedings. (more…)

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today extended an olive branch to Prince Terhemen Tarzoor, defeated governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP whose appeal was dismissed at the Supreme Court.

Reacting to the judgment at the Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, Governor Ortom commended Prince Tarzoor for opting for the legal process rather than violence in the pursuit of his political convictions.

The Governor had won the April 11, 2015 Governorship Polls on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and thereafter at both the Elections Tribunal and the Appeal Court.

He stated that now that the apex court had settled the political dispute, he has extended a hand of fellowship to Prince Tarzoor and invited him to join him and contribute his ideas and those of his supporters towards the development of the state.


“What Benue needs at this time is for all its sons and daughters to collectively tackle the challenges of ignorance and disease afflicting the state,”  he stressed.

He pledged his commitment to offering the people of the state dedicated service that would eradicate those three challenges.
According to the Governor, the fact that he neither saw nor bribed any judge at all levels through which the case passed indicated that there was hope for people to get justice in the country.


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.