by Dare Lawal
Benue State Governor-elect, Dr Samuel Ortom, has already vowed that he would investigate the administration of incumbent governor Gabriel Suswam when he takes over this month.
Yesterday he shed light on part of his personal grouse with Suswam. He said that the governor almost truncated his ambition, even though he was loyal to him and the party.
Ortom was responding to his failure to get the PDP governorship ticket in the state due to the governor’s insistence on giving it to his loyalist, Terhemen Tarzoor. Ortom joined the APC and got its own ticket and emerged governor-elect on that platform.
He described the governor’s action as a betrayal.
Speaking to a delegation of APC leaders from Gboko Local Government area of the state, Ortom said he was pained because he worked hard to ensure Suswam emerged as governor in 2007.
“When our leader, Senator George Akume, directed us on what to do in the run up to the 2007 governorship election I, alongside others, worked tirelessly to ensure that Suswam became governor.
“Even though I am his senior in age and politics, I never abdicated my role as a dedicated party leader. When I served under him as national auditor at the PDP headquarters and later as Minister, I never betrayed him nor worked at cross purposes with his intentions. I was therefore saddened when he worked to undermine my ambition to be governor of Benue state.”
Meanwhile, Ortom had earlier in the week at another meeting given an insight into what his administration will look like.
He said that his cabinet will comprise no more than 13 commissioners and 15 advisers. This, according to him, is to save costs and ensure better funding of ministries and agencies.