Ortom Sets Up Committee On Coronavirus In Benue  

Governor Samuel Ortom

 

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.

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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.

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.

‘Do Not Despair’, Jime Tells Supporters After Supreme Court Verdict

APC’s Jime Rejects Benue Governorship Election Result, Heads To Court
A file photo of APC governorship candidate in Benue State, Mr Emmanuel Jime.

 

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Mr Emmanuel Jime, has called for calm following the judgement of the Supreme Court.

He made the call on Tuesday after the apex court affirmed the re-election of Governor Samuel Ortom in the March 9 poll.

In a statement personally signed by him, he thanked the members of his party and his supporters for standing by him throughout the court processes.

“Do not despair over news of today’s verdict. Taunts, jeers and intimidation will come, but let’s not buckle under them and see those as part of the sacrifice we need to make for a better tomorrow,” the APC candidate said.

He added, “The verdict announced by the Supreme Court today signals an end to our inquest on the 2019 governorship elections in Benue.

“It does not mean we will take our eyes off governance issues as they affect people of Benue.”

Jime noted that sad as the judgment was to him, he and his supporters have accepted the verdict in good faith.

He, however, stressed that it was not out of a need to pursue power or take advantage of the judicial process when they filed a petition at the Election Petitions Tribunal in 2019.

The APC candidate explained that they took the route all the way to the Supreme Court as part of their commitment towards strengthening the integrity of the nation’s electoral process.

“It was and remains our firm belief that unless the sanctity of the ballot is guaranteed, self-serving politicians will continue to game the system to retain their clutch on power.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank our legal team. They put up a dogged fight and presented a good case with solid evidence,” he said.

Jime added, “The outcome might not have gone our way, but it shows we will never look the other way where we see cases of electoral malpractice. I remain eternally grateful for the efforts of our lawyers and witnesses.

“I also extend my appreciation to the Justices of the Supreme Court, who in spite of a back-breaking workload, gave our petition the thorough attention it deserved. The outcome notwithstanding, we remain highly respectful of their verdict.”

Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Ortom, Fintiri

Governor Samuel Ortom

 

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Samuel Ortom as the Governor of Benue State.

Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had dragged Ortom to court over allegations of over-voting and other electoral malpractices during the 2019 governorship elections.

But in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta on Tuesday, the apex court agreed with the concurrent findings of the election petition tribunal and the Court of Appeal that Ortom was the winner of the election.

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In another judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Datijo, the apex court upheld the election of Ahmadu Fintiri as the Governor of Adamawa State.

The court held that the appellant failed to prove the allegation of over-voting and other infractions he listed in his petition.

‘It’s Benue Peoples Victory,’ Ortom Lauds Appeal Court Verdict

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(File) Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

 

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has commended the judgment of the Court of Appeal with affirmed his re-election.

The court had in a unanimous judgement on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the poll, Mr Emmauel Jime, for lacking in merit.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom described the judgment as victory for the people of the state who gave him a second term mandate.

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The Governor stated that the appellate court’s verdict has not only validated the earlier judgment of the Governorship Election Tribunal but also confirmed the choice of Benue voters in the 2019 polls.

He thanked God for giving him the opportunity to lead the state for another term and appreciated the leadership and members of the PDP in the state, as well as the people of the state.

Governor Ortom specially commended his legal team for its outstanding performance at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal and stressed that the task of building the state was the responsibility of all the people.

He, therefore, called on the APC candidate and other contestants in the last election to join hands with him to develop Benue State.

The governor emphasised the willingness of his administration to collaborate with sons and daughters of the state irrespective of political differences, ethnicity, religion and place of origin, for a greater Benue.

Court Dismisses Jime, APC’s Appeal Challenging Ortom’s Re-Election

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A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the victory of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in the March 9 governorship election.

In a unanimous judgement delivered on Thursday, the court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the poll, Mr Emmauel Jime, for lacking in merit.

The judgment also resolved all the issues against the appellants.

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Meanwhile, the appellate court awarded the sum of N150,000 fine against the APC candidate.

Governor Ortom contested for re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after defecting from the APC.

In his reaction, the governor described the judgment as a victory for the people of the state who gave him a second term mandate.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, he noted that verdict has not only validated the earlier judgment of the Governorship Election Tribunal but also confirmed the choice of Benue voters in the 2019 polls.

The governor also thanked the leadership and members of the PDP in the state and the residents in general for the support given to him.

He thanked his legal team for its outstanding performance at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Governor Ortom, however, stressed that the task of building the state was the responsibility of all the people and called on the APC candidate and other contestants in the last election to join hands with him to develop Benue.

He stated that his administration would collaborate with sons and daughters of the state, irrespective of political differences, ethnicity, religion, and place of origin.

Why Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’s President Must Be Arrested – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom

 

 

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has explained why he called for the arrest of the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

The governor who received Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the Government House in Makurdi on Tuesday revealed that he would file a formal complaint to the security agencies.

He vowed to petition the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Presidency to ensure that the association’s president was arrested for allegedly threatening states like Benue for rejecting the establishment of the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA).

“He should be arrested because there is no hate speech more than the one he was saying and was given wide publicity that governors who do not embrace cattle colony and RUGA will not know peace,” the governor alleged.

He added, “We have seen it before and why should we allow a person like this to go scot-free in impunity? If we want to live as a country, this should not be allowed … this is the way to go.”

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More Problems In Benue?

In the heat of the crisis between herdsmen and farmers that claimed many lives and forced hundreds of residents from their houses in Benue, the state government had taken some measures to address the situation.

One of the major steps taken by the government was the passage and assent to the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law by the Benue State House of Assembly and Governor Ortom respectively in November 2017.

Although the governor noted that the state government was open to ideas and recommendations on how to tackle the crisis between farmers and herders in the state, he insisted that the RUGA scheme was not an option to consider.

He stated, “I have challenged Nigerians, the Federal Government, state, and all Nigerians that if the prohibition of open grazing in Benue State law of 2017; if you have any order policy that can restore peace for farmers and herdsmen in this country or in Benue State, please bring it on the table.”

“We are willing to go back to our people and say there is a better option, but the option cannot be RUGA, cattle colony, and open grazing.

“It cannot be those ones; they are not there because they will not solve the problem, they will create more problems.”

Benue Election: Tribunal Upholds Ortom’s Re-Election

File Photo: Governor Samuel Ortom sits at the Benue State Governorship Tribunal in Makurdi on September 11, 2019.

 

The Benue State Governorship Tribunal has upheld the re-election of Governor Samuel Ortom.

The tribunal gave the verdict on Monday after a panel dismissed the petition of the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit.

Details later…

Benue Election: Tribunal Reserves Judgement Till Further Notice

Governor Samuel Ortom sits at the Benue State Governorship Tribunal in Makurdi on September 11, 2019.

 

The Benue State governorship election petition tribunal has reserved judgement in a petition filed by Mr Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressive Congress (APC) challenging the victory of Governor Samuel Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The tribunal will fix a date for judgement to be communicated to both parties involved in the case.

Mr Jime and the APC filed the petition on the grounds that Ortom was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes.

The PDP had asked the tribunal to dismiss Jime’s petition and that of his party for lacking in evidential and material value.

PDP’s Counsel and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Chris Uche moved the motion before the tribunal while adopting their final written addresses by parties before the Justice Henry Oluseyi led panel.

 

 

Benue Pensioners Group Rejects Ortom’s N611m Payment Proposal

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A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

 

 

A group of senior citizens under the umbrella of Concerned Benue Pensioners has rejected the N611 million payment proposal by Governor Samuel Ortom to pay April and May 2019 pension arrears.

The group, a faction of the National Union of Pensioners (NUP), rejected the governor’s proposal on Friday as they occupy the Benue State Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.

The protesters have been occupying the Government House for the third day running, an action they began since Wednesday.

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Governor Ortom, who had been out of the state, arrived to meet with the factional group of pensioners at the Government House.

He explained the challenges the state has in meeting its financial obligations, especially with total arrears of over N51 billion pension and gratuity.

Governor Ortom disclosed that he has directed the payment of April and May 2019 pension arrears, but the pensioners insisted on occupying the Government House gate.

Addressing reporters, Chairman of the group, Mr Peter Kyado, demanded that the pensioners be placed on a first-line charge before payment of salaries to civil servants.

He was responding to Governor Ortom’s proposal to source N40 billion bond to clear the pension arrears which stand at N18 billion, in addition to the two months payment.

In a twist of event, the state chapter of NUP alleged that the leadership of the Concerned Benue Pensioners was being used by opposition parties to cause crisis.

The state chairman of the union, Mr Joseph Ikyume, accused the Kyado-led group of mischief, partisanship and creating confusion within the union.

He insisted that the group had been suspended from the NUP and has lost its case at the National Industrial Court.

Ishaku, Ortom, Others To Meet Over Tiv-Jukun Crisis

Darius Ishaku                                                                                                                            Samuel Ortom

 

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has scheduled a meeting with critical stakeholders to address the lingering crisis between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups.

Governor Ishaku’s media aide, Bala Abu, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Abu, the meeting which is expected to hold on Wednesday in Abuja will also have in attendance, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

He added that many other eminent personalities, including traditional rulers and political leaders from the two states, would attend the meeting.

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Among those expected are federal and state legislators, speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, security chiefs, and representatives of youth groups among others.

The meeting, Ishaku’s aide said, is a follow up to similar efforts by the governors of both states in the recent past.

“This included numerous visits to the affected communities to preach peace and meetings of stakeholders leading to peace accords that were not obeyed,” he said.

Killings: Benue Security Council Suspends Three Traditional Rulers

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue State Security Council has suspended three traditional rulers following the crisis which resulted in the killing of nine persons in the state at the weekend.

Those suspended include the district head of Mbacher, Mr Luke Atomigba for allegedly inciting and sponsoring the crisis while the Third Class chiefs of Chongo and Ipuusu were suspended for alleged negligence and pursuit of clannish interest, fueling the crisis.

Briefing journalist on the resolutions reached after a long meeting, Chairman of the Council and Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, recommended the suspended chiefs for further disciplinary measures.

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He also urged security agencies to spare no militia, youth or politician involved in the crisis and killings.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, during the burial of one Tor Amaafu, in Tongov district of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area.

According to an eyewitness, gunmen numbering over 10, opened fire on the mourners, killing four persons at the time and leaving several others injured.

The death toll later rose to nine.

Ortom Closes Defense Before Governorship Election Tribunal

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has closed his defence at the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi, after calling a witness in the petition filed by Mr Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressive Congress challenging his re-election.

Counsel to the governor, Mr Sebastian, who was the second respondent, told the tribunal that the cross-examination of the petitioner’s witnesses and their failure to sign the witness statements on oath, showed the petitioner’s inability to prove the allegation of irregularities at the poll.

On his part, counsel to the petitioner, Mr Kehinde Eleja, told journalists at the end of the sitting, that the petitioner has sufficiently proven its case of over-voting.

He said he believed the tribunal would determine that the use of card readers was compulsory in the 2019 general election.