Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam have resumed their war of words.
Suswam has severally accused his successor, Ortom of being responsible for the petition against him at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The ongoing executive fight continued on Wednesday after Governor Ortom asked Suswam to return alleged looted funds back to the state treasury.
Governor Ortom through his Special Adviser (Media and ICT), Tahav Agerzua also debunked allegation that he was planning to send Suswam to jail.
He maintained that at no time did any of his officials mention that the Ortom administration had the intention of sending the former governor to jail.
“It is instructive that no evidence, not even a mention of the fora at which these officials had spoken of their intention to send Dr. Suswam to jail, was listed in the write-up which at best is as speculative in this aspect as in all the others”, he said.
However, in a statement personally signed by former Governor Suswam, he insisted that Governor Ortom had on a daily basis since assumption of office been devising desperate means to smear his name before the unsuspecting Benue people.
“Recently, the Governor through his media adviser, Tahav Agerzua, took a good part of his time dishing out malicious and demeaning statements on my person in the media. My only crime, as stated in their statement, was that I accused the state government of being responsible for the petition against me at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,” he said.

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