Benue Coalition for Justice, Equity and Fairness has decried the ongoing probe of a former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, by his successor.
Reacting to the probe panel set up by Governor Samuel Ortom to probe Suswam’s administration, the group said it is disheartening that pressing issues of governance have been jettisoned in the state in preference for witch-hunt.
A statement signed by its National President, Peter Hwande, and Secretary General, Ogbole Alechenu, said the desperation of those behind the probe was such that they could not wait for the outcome of the panel before hurriedly dragging Suswam to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, even before they properly articulated their grievances.
The statement which was issued in Abuja, yesterday, said “Governor Ortom would have settled down to the serious business of governance if he had genuinely secured the mandate of Benue people and not on the strength of the card reader machine that allocated him and his associates votes in the last election.
“It is clear from the onset that the probe is inconsequential and inconsistent with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and hence the need for Suswam to challenge the action in court.
“The fact that the probe cannot withstand judicial scrutiny and the foreknowledge of the impending moral defeat of efforts to persecute Suswam through that ill-conceived agenda was what forced these characters to resort to using the EFCC in the hope of massaging their ego.
“We see both the probe and the contrived EFCC invitation as related actions that expose the desperate attempts by the selfish godfathers in Benue State, who see the state treasury as their cash cow, as they struggle to keep attention away from their recent expenditure that have outraged even their own fan base,” the group stressed.
The statement, which noted that the Benue Coalition for Justice, Equity and Fairness represents nobody but everybody in the state, said it is good for Nigerians to know that Suswam’s era represented the best period for the state since 1999 except for the unfortunate delay in salaries which became the bane of the entire country in the last two years as a result of a global economic meltdown.

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