- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state is set to sue APC national chairman Oshiomhole
- The newly elected speaker of the Benue House of Assembly disclosed this to NAIJ.com
- He wondered why the allegations of corruption against Ortom began after the governor's defection from the APC
The newly elected speaker of the Benue House of Assembly, Titus Ugba, on Saturday, August 4, revealed that the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, might be heading to court to clear his name of corruption allegations.
Ugba, who spoke with selected journalists at the 2018 edition of a meeting of the conference of 36 speakers of state Houses of Assembly, wondered why the allegations of corruption against Ortom began after the governor's defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also raised alarm over the alleged withdrawal of security agents from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the state saying attacks by bandits had continued unabated.
Reacting to a question from NAIJ.com on the allegation that Ortom mismanaged funds that came from the federal government, the speaker said Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC, lied.
"Why are the allegations coming out now? We have told the governor to go to court to prove his innocence. The governor is going to court and the court will prove his innocence," he said.
He also said the alleged impeachment of the governor commenced by the eight aggrieved lawmakers of the Benue state House of Assembly will not succeed.
According to him, the lawmakers only declared their intention to commence the impeachment. He added that the governor was yet to receive any notice from them.
While noting that the eight lawmakers did not follow the due process, he further said the police had been given a court order to vacate the Assembly chamber for activities by the 22 legislators to begin.
"The eight members in Benue state did not give the governor impeachment notice, they said they are looking for signatures to impeach. You can't give impeachment notice before seeking for signatures of members for Governor's impeachment.
"I was telling a friend of mine that someone must have been beating the drums. We don't know how those people (security agents) came, they came with armoured tanks and other vehicles. That is very strange," he said.
Ugba further denied an allegation that Ortom's government paid N20 million to a Boko Haram suspect.
Concerning his emergence as the speaker, Ugba added: "Benue has once again demonstrated that democracy is a thing of the people. On the 24th of July to be precise, 22 members came together to say they are tired of what the previous speaker was doing and now they made me the speaker of Benue State House of Assembly.
"When I came here yesterday I was not initially allowed to participate in the speakers conference but some speakers rose that I have to attend because it is not the conference of speakers that determines who is the speaker of the House.
"So, I was allowed because the conference is not partisan but the coming together as a family to promote the unity of this country."
He noted that he was picked by his colleagues because of the confidence they have in him.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the impeached Benue speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange; his deputy, James Okefe; and majority leader, Benjamin Adanyi, have been ordered to appear before a high court in Makurdi to explain why they shouldn't be sent to prison for contempt and violation of court order.
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