Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Dr Gabriel Suswam have finally reconciled and agreed to work together for the common good of the state.
Our correspondent gathered that the reconciliation meeting which was organised at the instance of the Paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, Tor Tiv, HRM Professor James Ayatse, at his palace in Gboko was to ensure peace among the two sons of Benue.
The meeting which was said to have commenced at about 5pm on Sunday and lasted till 2am midnight on Monday was attended by the six first class chiefs in Tiv land and traditional rulers from both Suswam’s Sankera axis and their counterparts from Ortom’s Minda axis.
According to the media assistant to Tor Tiv, Freddie Adamgbe, the Tor Tiv at the meeting told his two subjects that as a father he felt very bad when the two distinguished sons of Tiv who are supposed to attract development are rather at logger heads hence the need to call them together for reconciliation and to hear from both sides.
Adamgbe disclosed that the meeting was a huge success as both parties, after opening up on their grievances, resolved to put the past behind them and work together as brothers especially at this critical time when the state was under the siege of Fulani herdsmen.
Reacting, Governor Ortom who confirmed the reconciliation explained that both him and his predecessor have actually agreed to sheathe their swords and work together for the overall development of the state.
“The meeting was a reconciliatory meeting. I was there with former Governor, Suswam. The Tor Tiv said he noticed that the relationship between myself and the former governor was not good and that we should sheathe our swords for the common good of the people.
“The challenge Benue people are facing today is as a result of the inability of the two of you to work and synergies together for the common development of the state. He said that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.
“The Tor Tiv said there is also need for us to put our differences behind us to work for the interest of the state and Tiv land instead of dancing naked in the public. He is right because the Bible has said that blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of God. Tor Tiv is a man of God.
He spoke to us and we have agreed to reconcile,” Orto said.
He however debunked claims that he was reconciling with former Governor Suswam because he is planning to cross carpet to his former party, the PDP, saying there is nothing like that it is the handiwork of those who took advantage of my problem with the former governor to feed fats, and now that we have reconcile they will be put to shame, for now I have suspended all political activities until the security problem in Benue is resolved.
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