- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has sent out a warning to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state to mind his own business
- Governor Lalong had insisted that he warned Ortom against implementing the anti-open grazing law in Benue state
- Ortom and other stakeholders present at a meeting on herdsmen/farmers crisis resolution, maintained that there was no going back on the anti-open grazing law
There seems to be no end to the crisis between Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, and his counterpart in Plateau state, Simon Lalong, as Ortom warned him to stop interfering in Benue affairs, Tribune reports.
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NAIJ.com gathered that Governor Ortom gave the warning on Monday, February 12, at a stakeholders meeting with National Economic Council (NEC) technical committee on herdsmen/ farmers crisis resolution led by the governor of Ebonyi Ebonyi state, David Umahi.
He told Lalong's representative in Makurdi: “Please tell your boss when you see him to stop interfering with affairs in my state, let him mind his business in Plateau and I will mind my own business here."
It was learnt that the meeting which commenced on the night of Sunday, February 11, at the new banquet hall, government house, Makurdi dragged to an early hour on Monday, February 12.
While giving his remark at the meeting, the governor told the audience that his deputy, Benson Abounu, had met Lalong at a function outside the state recently where Lalomg said he still stand by his statement, warning governor Ortom to desist from the anti-open grazing law.
He said: "My deputy told me that he had a discussion with Lalong recently at a function, where he said that he had to apologise to me over his statement because of pressure on him, saying he stands by his earlier statement.
“He also told people that he introduced this Kenya woman in this committee to me, whereas, this woman was introduced to me by Nasir El-Rufai, not him.
“I'm the governor here (Benue), how can he say that he warned me, who is he to warn me, he can only advise me.”
Catholic Bishop, Makurdi diocese, Bishop Wilfred Anagbe, former attorney general and minister of justice, Hon Mike Aondoaka (SAN), and former commissioner in the state, Rebecca Akpedzan, also spoke at the meeting.
Others speakers were the president general Mdzough U Tiv, Cheif Edward Ujege, Benard Hon (SAN), state chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Akpen Negua and a second class traditional ruler, Chief Abomtse.
They all condemned the attitude of the federal government to the crisis and insisted that there was no going back on the new law, adding that ‘this law has come to stay'.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, stated that he was never warned against implementing the anti-open grazing law by his Plateau counterpart, Simon Lalong.
Ortom made his comments while receiving a delegation of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Friday, January 12.
Ortom said: “Yesterday, somebody drew my attention that he (Lalong) made a comment that he warned me not to implement the law and I was wondering if my colleague from Plateau state could say that; so I called him and he told me he did not say it."
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