- TIV youths claimed there is a plot to assassinate Governor Samuel Ortom
- The youths claimed the alleged assassination will occur after Ortom's defection
Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO) in a statement by the president general, Comrade Timothy Hembaor, alleged there is a plot to assassinate Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state after his tenure as governor in 2019.
Hembaor, who spoke at a news conference in Makurdi on August 7, maintained that the plan was being perfected by ‘Abuja Forces’ “as the next action after the impeachment move (against the governor) seems to have failed.”
He said the elimination was plotted long ago but its implementation was pushed to 2019 when, by the plotters’ calculation, Ortom would no longer be governor, The Guardian reports.
He claimed it was on this premise that the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership was earlier instructed to deny the governor a return ticket come 2019.
He said: “The plotters were believed to have carefully developed ways to stoke a political crisis in Benue as well as supervise another programme in the state so that if Governor Ortom could not be impeached, the coordinated crisis and sponsored mayhem would be escalated enough to declare a state of emergency.
“In all of this, the cries of the people of Benue and those of other Nigerians did not make any impression on the president. We want to put it on record that the life of Governor Ortom is at risk and if anything happens to him, President Muhammadu (Buhari) will be held responsible.
“We call on the President Buhari to henceforth withdraw the police that he has mandated to terrorise and intimidate Governor Ortom.
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“We also demand that the president should direct the Inspector General of Police and the DG of Department of State Services (DSS) to withdraw their men from the State House of Assembly.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, in a letter to the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, advised the governor to expect heavy-handed campaign against him and remain resilient and unbowed after his defection from All Progressives Congress (APC).
Soyinka, in his letter to the governor, said Ortom has the moral right to defect from a party where he was unable to get enough help to combat the violence and senseless killing in Benue state.
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