BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi
Special Adviser on Media and ICT, to governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Tahav Agerzua, has described former governor Gabriel Suswam’s outburst against his successor at the weekend, as a manifestation of envy.
Mr Agerzua made the observation yesterday while fielding questions on the former governor’s comments when Journalists confronted him at Government House Makurdi
The adviser said the immediate pastor governor was envious that his successor had engraved his name in gold in the hearts of the people for passing the anti-open grazing law and commencing its implementation he could not do in eight years.
He said there could be no other justification for the former governor to be challenging monthly wage bill figures close to three years after he left office.
The adviser noted that the measures taken to prune the wage bill must have also unsettled the former governor who it seems has vested interest.
Agerzua, urged Journalists to consider Dr Suswam as unreliable and untruthful having contradicted his interview in LEADERSHIP Newspaper on the month wage bill in February 2015, and having earlier denied the sale of BCC shares for which he was later charged to court for selling the shares and diverting the proceeds.
On the former governor’s allegation that he was being persecuted, Mr Agerzua appealed to him to take basic lessons in English which will enable him to distinguish between prosecution and persecution.
According to the adviser, the former governor was being prosecuted by mostly federal government agencies for graft, kleptomania, and illegal possession of fire arms.
He dismissed Suswam’s claim that Ortom was doing nothing, but busy trading blames, and urged him to rather express gratitude to his successor for impacting positively on several sectors, including the provision of face-lift for his alma mata, Government College Makurdi, which he allowed to rot, during his eight-year tenure.