Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Benue State chapter, has described as absurd the physical removal of the identity of the immediate past governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam from the projects he executed while in office by his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom.
The party in a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iyortom and made available to Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi at the weekend, particularly sited the Benue State University Teaching Hospital and George Akume Road as some of the projects presently affected.
Although the teaching hospital was started by Sen George Akume who was governor of the state between 1999 and 2007, it was however completed, equipped and staffed by Suswam who governed the state from 2007 to 2015.
The teaching hospital was commissioned by the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan on 9th March, 2012 with the memorial plaque clearly reading in part: “Benue State Teaching Hospital Completed by His Excellency Rt Hon Gabriel Torwua Suswam PhD CON.
However, a fresh plaque has been installed in its place with the inscription indicating the commissioning by former President Goodluck while Gabriel Suswam’s name is conspicuously missing out.
In the haste to carry out what the PDP considers to be an aberration, the name Nigeria was wrongly spelt in the following manner: Nigereia.
Like the hospital, the dual carriage grade ‘A’ asphalt road was initiated by George Akume to a minimal extent and was comprehensively completed by Suswam as a bypass to Gboko Road and named after Akume to demonstrate the level of leadership intercourse in the state.
Like the teaching hospital, a memorial plaque which credited the project to Gabriel Suswam was also installed on the road at the Abu King-Shuluwa Junction, but it has been destroyed and removed, leaving the space empty.
“This development is not only indecent and a show of unbridled lust for vengeance by Gov. Ortom against his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam; but is also a reflection of a dangerous mindset at the topmost level of leadership in the state, such as could only serve to affect adversely our collective fortunes.
“As a party, we will certainly not accept a situation where the proud legacy of our leadership stewardship of this state over the last sixteen years will be deliberately erased, not by any improvements upon it going forward, but by primitive tactics such as are being displayed by the Ortom regime over Suswam’s projects in the state presently,” PDP contended.


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