By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday, announced that he had reconciled with former governor, Gabriel Suswam, following the intervention of traditional rulers in the state and elder statesman, Wanteregh Paul Iorpuu Unongo.
They had been at loggerhead after the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the present administration to look into the finances of the state between 2007 and 2015, indicted the Suswam-led administration of alleged misappropriation of about N107 billion.
Addressing a meeting of Benue stakeholders in Makurdi, Governor Ortom noted that his grievances with the former governor were not personal, but dictated by the people of the state.
He said: “Whatever I was saying or doing was not personal because I don’t have personal problems with him. I only acted in line with the directives of the people who elected me to be their governor.
“Nonetheless, following the intervention of elder statesman and former Minister of Steel, Wantaregh Paul Unongo, and traditional rulers from Shetile axis of Sankera, we agreed to ceasefire and reconcile.
“I must also point out that this would not have taken long if Suswam had cooperated with me initially. Suswam’s hands had been up against me that was why I continued to bite, but we have reconciled and there are no more issues.”