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COVID-19: Churches, Markets, Mosques to remain shut – Ortom back FG.


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has stated that markets, religious worship centers in the state have to remain closed to contain the spread of covid-19.

The governor had earlier ordered churches and mosques in the state, closed due to the pandemic, said they should reopen.

He also ordered for the reopening of markets.

However, during the weekly news briefing on activities of the Covid -19 Quick Response Team in the state on Saturday, the governor rescinded his earlier orders.

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On why he did, he said it was due to the apprehension expressed by the Federal Government over decisions by some state governments to reopen religious activities.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had on Thursday warned the state governors against lifting bans on worship centres and other gatherings.

It insisted that the directive of the Federal Government against the gathering of more than 20 persons was still be in effect.

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Ortom said Benue as a state that remained a component of the Federal Government, could not go ahead with a decisions that goes against the expressed standing of the Federal Government.

According to him, the Federal Government, as the custodian of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had all the needed information on the viral infection and how to contain its spread.

The governor pleaded with the residents of the state to bear with the state government over the withdrawal of the earlier order.

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He said, “You need to be alive before you can worship.”

The governor added that he had consulted with relevant stakeholders including leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jamatu Nasiru Islam on the matter.


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May Day: Benue Governor Send Message To Workers. [Nigeria]

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appreciated workers of the state for their commitment, understanding and cooperation particularly in the fight against COVID-19.

Ortom in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase, said workers in the state have demonstrated uncommon determination and professionalism in all sectors to support the State Government in taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

He specially commended workers who are on essential duties such as health and other services for putting in extra hours daily to ensure that Benue does not have additional COVID-19 cases, after the index case.

According to him, no amount of reward can adequately compensate the workers for their sacrifice to the state, and urges them to sustain that level of patriotism.

He also restated the resolve of his administration to ensure that the welfare of workers especially salaries and pensions remains its priority.

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The Governor explained that Benue, like other states of the federation, had no option than to revise the 2020 Budget from N189 billion to N119 billion, in response to the impending global economic crisis which is estimated to contract the economy of Nigeria by 3.4%, a situation that will have an adverse impact on the states.

He stressed that as a result, his administration has embarked on a number of measures to boost agriculture and increase food production. One of such steps, he says, is the recent sale of 50 tractors to Benue farmers at 60 per cent subsidy.

Ortom maintained that as part of measures to mitigate the negative effect of the looming recession, the present administration has resolved to take advantage of Benue’s rich agricultural potentials, by not only producing food for consumption but also for commercial purposes.

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This, the Governor pointed out, was what led to the setting up of the Agriculture Value Chain, Review and Development Cooperation Committee, with him as Chairman.

He, therefore, encouraged workers of the state and other Benue people to take advantage of the COVID-19 period which has forced many of them to stay at home and engage in massive farming.

Speaking on the fight against coronavirus, Ortom commended the people for the level of compliance with the rules on COVID-19.

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He said he expects greater cooperation as the partial lockdown continues.

The Governor noted that though no new case of Coronavirus has been found in Benue, it is important that the people remain vigilant and adhere to preventive measures against the pandemic such as the use of face masks, hand sanitizers, frequent handwashing and social distancing


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[Nigeria] Benue Governor, Ortom calls for 30 days fasting over Herders attack


Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has called for 30 days of fasting and intense prayers by the Benue people to seek God’s favour in combating the renewed herdsmen attack in some parts of the state.

Ortom made this call on Thursday in Makurdi while interacting with newsmen on the occasion of his 59th birthday.

The governor, who regretted the renewed onslaught on his people by the herdsmen, said he had resorted to prayers for divine intervention.

He appreciated God for granting him 59 years of age and described the journey so far as “tough”.

He said some of his school mates were not as lucky and assured that he would continue to work hard to deliver good governance to the people for their acts of uncommon love to him.

“You voted for me in 2015 and again you returned me in 2019. I owe you a great deal, I will continue to work hard to provide good governance”.

He called for patience during the COVID-19 lockdown, saying, the stay-at-home order was for the overall good of the people.

Ortom said Benue was signatory to the 14 days proposed lockdown of the economy and described it as the right thing to do in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.

The highpoint of the interaction was the presentation of the governor’s life portrait to him by members of the Correspondent Chapel, led by their Acting Chairman, Mr Attah Ede of the Punch Newspapers.

Ede had extolled the virtues of the governor in exemplary leadership, stressing that the chapel was proud of his achievements.


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COVID-19: Gov. Ortom set up committee in Benue


Governor Samuel Ortom has inaugurated an Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus in Benue State

The 17-man committee is headed by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabor with Dr Samuel Ngise as Secretary.


In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase, the committee has the Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Ngunan Addingi; Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Dondo Ahire and the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Timothy Ijir as members.

Other members of the taskforce include Mr. Apir Ityu, Dr. Terna Kur, Mr. Agwaza Iorkpiligh, Mr. Matthew Uyina, Mr. Moses Leva, Dr. Edward Amali, Mr. Claude Bitaronga.

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Also not left out are Dr. Peteru Inunduh, Professor Terrumun Swende, Dr. Alli Cornelius, Dr. Patrick Echekwube and Mr. Micheal Adejo.

The governor charged members of the panel to proactively monitor, supervise and coordinate the state government’s response to the dreaded disease.


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Warring Benue communes should cease action – Ortom ..


Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has called on perpetrators of the communal crisis in Tyo-Mu community of Makurdi Local Government Area to cease hostilities and give peace a chance.

The governor, in a statement signed his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) and made available to our correspondent described the crisis as unacceptable especially with the attendant violence which has led to the burning of many houses and displacement of hundreds of people.


While noting that no individual or group has the right to claim ownership of land as all lands belong to government, the governor stressed that his administration will not allow enemies of peace to get away with their anti-development actions.

Governor Ortom asked security operatives to identify and arrest any individual or group of persons suspected to be fuelling the crisis.

“He (Ortom) wonders why the people of Tyo-Mu who have lived together for decades have suddenly allowed selfish individuals to plant seeds of discord among them.

“The governor charges all stakeholders in the Tyo-Mu crisis to embrace dialogue initiated by the Benue State Security Council which delegation is led by Secretary to State Government, Professor Anthony Ijohor, SAN, to end the conflict,” the statement read in part.


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Herdsmen almost kill me with AK49 – Benue gov ..


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Monday revealed that some Fulani herdsmen who invaded his farm in Makurdi shot at him and some livestock guards.


Ortom who stated this on a program, “issue of the moment” he featured in on the state radio aka Radio Benue said he had to invite troops of Operations Whirl Stroke before the marauding herdsmen left.

The governor who decried the influx of Fulani herdsmen into the state said that they were armed with sophisticated weapons.


“I was on my farm within Makurdi town last week when some herdsmen shot at me and shot the livestock guards who were on the farm.

“I have to inform the Operation Whirl Stroke before the herdsmen ran away.

The governor expressed deep concern that the herdsmen carry more sophisticated weapons than the security men.

“Many of these herdsmen carry AK47 and even AK49, you know that the latter is superior to the former and this is what some of the herdsmen are carrying.


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Court postpone appeal against Ortom, Tambuwal, others


Hearings in the appeals challenging the election of Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, including three other governors, were on Monday suspended by the Supreme Court following the sudden ill health of one of the justices on the panel.

Other governors whose appeals were affected are Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

Before then the court had to suspend its sitting over rowdiness and disorder in the court.


However, after the court reconvened and arguments in the appeal against Ganduje was concluded by counsel to the appellant, Chief Adegbeoyoga Awolowo (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad announced that proceedings would be abruptly adjourned as one of the justices on the panel was sick.

After a long wait, an official of the court announced that the CJN had directed that all the appeals be adjourned till Tuesday.


Meanwhile, there has been tension in Imo State following the announcement by the Supreme Court that it would deliver judgment on Monday on the petitions against the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are upbeat that the Supreme Court would uphold Ihedioha’s victory, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are hopeful that the judgment would go in their favour.

In Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP won with a slim margin of 342 votes after a supplementary election.

The APC in Sokoto State and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Sokoto, challenged the victory up to the Supreme Court.


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Court postpone appeal against Ortom, Tambuwal, others


Hearings in the appeals challenging the election of Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, including three other governors, were on Monday suspended by the Supreme Court following the sudden ill health of one of the justices on the panel.

Other governors whose appeals were affected are Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

Before then the court had to suspend its sitting over rowdiness and disorder in the court.


However, after the court reconvened and arguments in the appeal against Ganduje was concluded by counsel to the appellant, Chief Adegbeoyoga Awolowo (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad announced that proceedings would be abruptly adjourned as one of the justices on the panel was sick.

After a long wait, an official of the court announced that the CJN had directed that all the appeals be adjourned till Tuesday.


Meanwhile, there has been tension in Imo State following the announcement by the Supreme Court that it would deliver judgment on Monday on the petitions against the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are upbeat that the Supreme Court would uphold Ihedioha’s victory, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are hopeful that the judgment would go in their favour.

In Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP won with a slim margin of 342 votes after a supplementary election.

The APC in Sokoto State and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Sokoto, challenged the victory up to the Supreme Court.


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Withdrawing Military from affected areas could cause more disaster – Sule, Ortom plea

…no mock exam candidate should be asked to pay ‘N6500’ extra fee


Governors Abdullahi Sule and Samuel Ortom of Nasarawa and Benue states have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to withdraw the military operation “Operation Whirl Strokes” in the two states.

The governors made the appeal, yesterday, at a joint security meeting of the two states in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.


Ortom and Sule also disclosed that they have written formally to the authorities concerned to stay put on the withdrawal till the situations on the border line of the two states improves.

Leading discussion on the matter, Governor Sule suggested to the federal government to give the two states another two years to work on a complete master plan for the return of peace among citizens of the states living on the border line.


Sule, argued that the withdrawal of the Operation Whirl Strokes at the moment as planned by the government would not augur well to the affected communities as security in such areas was still fragile.

However, he applauded his Benue State counterpart, Ortom, for embracing the federal government’s National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) which according to him, “its implementation would go a long way to mitigating the skirmishes between herders and farmers in the two states.”


Also speaking, Ortom insisted that the Benue State anti-open grazing prohibitation and ranching law had come to stay in the state,. However, he called on governments at all levels in the country to support herdmen with incentives as been done to farmers.

Ortom appreciated his host, Governor Sule, for initiating the peace process for the two states and pledged to be committed to anything that will add peace to them.


The Emir of Lafia and Chairman of the Nasarawa State Traditional Council, Justice Sidi Bage (retd), on his part appealed to the Benue State governor to review the state’s anti-open grazing prohibition and ranching law.

The monarch, however, commended the governor and people of the state for coming up with the anti-open grazing prohibition and ranching law.


to protect their lives and property.

Meanwhile, Ortom has directed the State Examination Board to immediately revert to the old registration fee of N4,500 for mock Senior School Certificate Examination in the state.


This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Terver Akase, on Sunday in Makurdi.

Before the development, secondary school final year students have been instructed by the state examination board to pay the sum of N6,500 instead of the N4,500 previously paid.

Samuel Ortom – Benue (Left) & Abdullahi Sule – Nassarawa (Right)


He also directed the Ministry of Education to ensure that school principals strictly comply with the directive.

“No candidate for the mock examination in the state should be asked to pay the new fee of N6,500”, Ortom warned.


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Scares as court judgement falls on Ortom, Ihedioha, Tambuwals


Tension and anxiety have gripped residents of Imo, Sokoto and Benue as the Supreme Court delivers judgment on appeals challenging the validity of the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha, Aminu Tambuwal and Samuel Ortom as governors.

A Notice signed by Ibrahim Gold, Director/HoD, Litigation, dated 10th January, 2020, said the appeals would be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Monday, 13th January, 2020.

Daily Sun confirmed that hearing notice has been issued to all the parties to the appeals.

In Imo, multiple appeals are contesting the judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld the decision of the election tribunal which agreed with the declaration of Ihedioha as governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


A five-member panel of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal had dismissed all the three separate appeals challenging the victory of Emeka Ihedioha in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State.

The Justice Justice Oyebisi Omoleye-led panel in a majority judgment held that the appeals lacked merit.


The appeals filed against the judgment of the Imo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which upheld the election of Ihedioha, include that of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and his governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume; Action Alliance (AA) and his governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu and that of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

In their various submissions, the appellants are asking the court to set aside the decision of the tribunal and declare them winner of the March 9 governorship election or in the alternative order INEC to conduct a fresh election.


The three man panel of the tribunal had in a unanimous decision delivered on September 21, held that Ihedioha was lawfully declared winner of the governorship election by INEC.

Similarly, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had upheld the election of Governor Ortom and dismissed the appeal filed by the APC and its candidate in the poll, Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit.


The court also awarded N150,000 fine against him.

In Sokoto, police said it has deployed no fewer than 1,000 personnel, as the Supreme Court is set to hear the Appeal brought before it by the candidate of the APC, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto.


The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kaoje, who disclosed this yesterday, said the measure was to ensure peace reigns before and after the hearing.

“We are on a 24-hour red alert and we are on standby , round the clock, 24/7. We will not waiver in our sustained routine and surprise tactics to keep the peace .


“We will leave no stone unturned in keeping the State safe and secure , for all the law abiding residents to conduct their lawful businesses.

“The strategy would be maintained until further notice, in line with the recent directive issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), on a 24-hour, nationwide red alert.”


“The massive deployment of our officers and men has by the special grace of God, paid off and we will not relent in our efforts. This is to ward off any unpatriotic persons from breaching the peace, as well as the unrepentant criminals.”

The APC in the state and its candidate, Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, have dragged Governor Tambuwal before the Supreme Court over his re-election.

The Tribunal and Appeal Courts had dismissed APC’s petition, for lacking in merits on the 2nd of October and 22 of November, 2019, respectively.

The four-member panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal Court, Sokoto Division in their unanimous judgment read by Presiding Justice Husseini Mukhtar agreed that the petition filed by APC and its candidate lacked merit.


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Any attempt to withdraw OPWS can cause trouble – Benue governor


The Benue State Government has again restated its call on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision to withdraw troops from volatile areas across the country where relative peace seems to have been restored.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on Animal Husbandry, Alhaji Shehu Tambaya, who made the call in a chat with Daily Sun on Sunday, insisted that it was not yet ripe for military troops to be withdrawn from troubled areas across the country.


He declared that if troops are withdrawn at this point, criminal elements who hitherto had been hibernating in hideouts, could come out again and unleash mayhem on innocent Nigerians.

Tambaya specifically gave the instance of Benue where thousands of Internally Displaced Persons are still in camps because their ancestral homes are still not safe as, according to him, deadly herdsmen are still in some remote villages in the state.


He, however, acknowledged the efforts of the military Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) which had continued to ensure the security of troubled areas across the state.

The SSA warned that withdrawing OPWS from Benue at this point could portend danger as the militant herdsmen are known to invade the state mostly during the dry season.

“I tell you that any attempt to withdraw OPWS from Benue now can cause trouble because these killer herdsmen are not relenting at all. They are around and as soon as they know that the troops have been withdrawn, they will resume killing and that will not be good.

“That’s why we are calling on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to revisit this decision to gradually withdraw troops from Benue. Our state is not yet safe for that,” Tambaya concluded.


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Samuel Ortom cries as military withdraws fight with insurgents, police to take over.


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has appealed to the Federal Government and the military to rescind its decision of withdrawing troops from some parts of the country to allow the police tackle internal insurgency.

Recall N.Rs reported that Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas who made the announcement said the police will take over from the military in the ongoing internal security operations in various parts of the country in the first quarter of 2020. The plan will take off after an assessment of areas peace has returned to.

Governor Ortom who reacted to the development via a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary Terve Akase, urged President Buhari to extend the life-span of the troops at least by a year. According to the Benue State Governor, this will enable IDPs resettle in their ancestral homes.

Samuel Ortom & Military Meeting


He said;

“Our position is an appeal to Mr President. He had done Benue well by deploying Operation Whirl Stroke to help tame the menace of herdsmen at the time Benue needed intervention.

“We appeal to the President to extend the life-span of the troops at least by a year to enable our people at the IDPs camps to resettle in their ancestral homes.”


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Presidency isn’t my enemy – Dasuki said after freedom.

Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, has said he holds no grudge against President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping him in detention for over four years, in spite of several court orders for his release.

Dasuki spoke during a radio interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service shortly after he was released on Tuesday.

Asked if he felt his detention was a payback for the role he played in the 1985 coup, which ousted Buhari as military Head of State, Dasuki said: “I’m not aware of this. What I know is that God designed this to happen.

“I have no feud with anybody. I am more than that. I can’t engage in a feud with anyone. There is no call to be made to the government. You know everything that happened to one in life is designed by God. Ignorance and lack of understanding can make one to suffer himself. Anything that God destined it to be, it will be. You said I spent four years in detention, it is over today. Only God knows everything that will happen tomorrow.

“What is important is for everybody to be fair. Everybody who is a Muslim and who goes to the mosque knows that what the Imam preaches every day is to harp on the need for people to be fair and honest. There is a reason for this and we need to listen.”

Dasuki said with his release from detention in obedience to the orders of the court, he was willing to stand trial to defend himself against the allegations of money laundering and sundry charges.

“Yes, we have been going to court. It stopped because they were asked to release me and they did not release me. I resolved that anytime they release me, I will appear before the court and defend myself. I am ready,” he said.

However, Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, has applauded Nigerians whose dogged clamour, he said, led to the release of pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore and Dasuki.

Ortom, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, posited that Nigeria, which prides itself as the giant of Africa and beacon of democracy, must at all times, be seen as a champion of the rule of law and respecter of human rights.

“The governor stresses that countries which practice true democracy across the world obey court orders and respect the fundamental rights of their citizens.”

Ortom also called on the Federal Government to review its decision to give all travelers with African passports visas on arrival with effect from January 2020.

The governor said if the policy sails through, it would mean that Africans wishing to travel to Nigeria can freely do so whenever they desire without recourse to the security of the nation.

The Benue governor said as popular as the policy sounds, it portends danger as Nigeria could be turned into a safe heaven for persons with questionable character “as terrorists and other criminals who would come into the country without hindrance.”

Ortom, therefore, appealed to President Buhari to reconsider the decision in the interest of the nation.

Meanwhile, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has commended the United States Senators and government for mounting pressures on the Nigerian government for the release of Sowore and Dasuki.

Frank also thanked Nigerians, especially human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, who fought for justice even with threats to his life, praying that posterity will judge him favourably.

Frank said if not for pressure by the USA government and its senators, Sowore would still be languishing in DSS detention without charge.

Frank, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Truly, American government is the police of the world.”

He urged President Buhari’s government to apologise to Dasuki and Sowore for trampling on their rights.

Frank equally appealed to the USA, European Union (EU), United Nations (UN) lovers of democracy and Nigerians in diaspora to mount more pressure on the government to release other political prisoners.

He suggested to the USA, EU and democratic countries to issue visa ban on the government officials whose stock in trade is to disobey court orders that does not favour them.

“Sowore, like Dasuki, were granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction, but General Buhari and the cabal decided to flaunt the order. Dasuki spent four years in DSS detention despite several bail granted him by the courts, while Sowore was rearrested a day after he was granted bail without charges. I call on the USA government despite the blackmail to do more to ensure that other political detainees and journalists are freed.

“It is a shame that this government cannot put its house in order; they speak from both sides of the mouth as they are clueless.

“Last week, the Attorney General, Malami said he cannot order the DSS to release Sowore without recourse to the court, yet a week later, he ordered the same DSS to release Sowore. What has changed in a week to make the AGF order the DSS to release Sowore? It is the pressure from the international community, especially American senators and USA government that had compelled this clueless government to release Sowore.

“A few days ago, the spokesperson of General Buhari, Femi Adesina, said nobody appointed the USA the police of the world, yet a few days later, they have not only released Sowore, but also Dasuki. And the AGF suddenly remembers he can appeal their bail. The fear of the police of the world made you release Sowore,” Frank said.

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Samuel Ortom Merry With Buhari At 77.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has on behalf of the government and people of Benue State congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his 77th birthday.

The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase maintained that it is the duty of all Nigerians to always pray for sustained good health and wisdom of the President as he steers affairs of the country.

“He says the task of addressing the security, economic and other challenges facing the country is a collective responsibility.

“Governor Ortom joins millions of other Nigerians in wishing Mr President a memorable birthday celebration,” the statement read in part.

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Barr. Jime Accepts Court Of Appeal’s Verdict In Good Faith.

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Barr. Emmanuel Jime has said that he accepts the Court of Appeal judgment which affirmed Governor Samuel Ortom’s election in good faith.

Jime, in a statement made available to Daily Sun on Thursday evening however said that he remained resolute in his contention that, “by the majority of lawful votes cast, Samuel Ortom did not win that election.”
He promised to meet with his team of lawyers to jointly and carefully study the judgment and decide on the next line of action.

“It is not news that since after the March 2019 gubernatorial elections, we approached the courts to explore available legal options to retrieve the mandate I believe, majority of the Benue electorate gave to me. Like how we disagreed with the Tribunal’s judgment and approached the Court of appeal.”

“I wish to thank you very profoundly for all your support and prayers. I appeal to all of you, my supporters, party faithfuls and the true advocates of genuine change to remain calm and await our decision,” he said.

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Court of appeal upholds benue governor ortom’s election…

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday upheld the election of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State after dismissing the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and it’s governorship candidate, Emmanuel Jime for lacking in merit.

A five-man panel led by Justice Fred Oho in a unanimous judgment resolved all the five issues considered in the appeal against the appellants and upheld the earlier judgment of the Benue State Governorship Election Petition which had earlier affirmed Ortom and his Peoples Democratic Party’s victory at the poll.

It held that the appellants’ appeal lacked merit.

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I will not annoint any of my successor come 2023 – Gov. Samuel Ortom.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said he has no plans to anoint anybody as his successor in 2023.

Ortom, while addressing PDP stakeholders’ on Friday, October 4th in Makurdi, assured them that he would allow the party to field the most acceptable candidate for the governorship election in 2023.

“If someone tells you that I have anointed him as my successor, tell him that he is lying. I will work with any candidate that the party fields in 2023. Nobody should deceive you that he is my anointed candidate for the 2023 general elections”.
The governor, however, advised the party to respect zoning arrangements while deciding people to contest the chairmanship and councillorship seats in local government elections slated to hold November 30.

“Zoning is the only thing that will give us the results we want at the end of the day. Zoning is very critical in politics.

I advise people intending to contest the council polls to back down if the zoning formula is not in their favour. If you are not favoured by the zoning arrangement, do not go there. Do not even buy form. Do not waste your resources.

“We are going to set up a committee that will collect the results after the primaries. We will screen the results. Any aspirant not favoured by zoning will be disqualified. We are going to do everything in a transparent manner. I am not going to impose any candidate on you.”
He assured the stakeholders that there were better days ahead, stressing that more contracts would be awarded and more appointments made. Ortom added that more jobs would be created and several other things that could be of benefit to them would come their way soon.

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