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The seemingly unending political hostility between Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam yesterday assumed a worrisome dimension as the two political juggernauts engaged each other in war of words over the running of the state. Suswam, while addressing members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s Secretariat in Makurdi, accused Ortom, of running a government of deceit.
He also picked holes in the process of the appointment of Sole Administrators for the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, saying their appointments were not done in conformity with the law and due process.
But in a swift reaction, Governor Ortom defended the appointment saying the Sole Administrators followed due process and approved legislation from the state House of Assembly, where PDP members also held sway.
He merely waved Suswam’s invective with the back of his hand, and accused the former governor of possessing forged and fake certificates. 
Ortom said the former governor, who is a lawyer should have known that the Constitution of the country allows state government to make laws for the local government councils.
“Before now people used to say that Suswam has fake and forged certificates, but I never believe them until now,” Ortom said. 
While insisting that due process was not followed, the former governor, however, accused Ortom of introducing what he referred to as “hate and bitterness” governance in the running of the state. 
He said: “Benue State is in a big mess. We may stand up and speak loudly against this government even if it means going to jail.”

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