by Dare Lawal
Last week, Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue state bought eight standard utility vehicles (SUVs) for the governor-elect Samuel Ortom, the deputy governor-elect as well as their spouses.
However after accepting the gifts, the governor-elect said a few days later that he was going to probe Suswam and how he has managed the state, including the cars that were bought for them.
The governor has now reacted in a statement by the commissioner of information, Justin Amase.
Suswam advised the incoming government to be careful about the kind of utterances it makes and to wait until May 29 when he will officially hand over power to them before they can act on matters of governance.
He reminded them that at this moment, he is still in charge of affairs in the state, hence they should stop acting as if they have already assumed office.
Describing the statement of the governor-elect as “unguarded”, he said statementshowing like that will cause disaffection among the people of the state.
“The leadership and members of the APC should exercise decorum and desist from jumping the gun with inflammatory gate statements and threats that are capable of creating ill-will and tension within Benue.
“The governor wishes to advise that they should wait until May 29, when the APC government will be officially inaugurated before they can take charge of governance of the state,” he said.
Gov. Suswam said that the reason he extended an olive branch to the incoming governor after the poll was for the sake of peace and should not be mistaken to be weakness.