Plans by the Benue State government to depose the Tor Tiv, Alfred Akawe Torkula over allegations of party partisanship, have been exposed.
The monarch is the fourth in the ranking of traditional rulers in the state.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that Governor Samuel Ortom on Wednesday met in the Government House, Makurdi with all the 14 first class traditional rulers in Tiv-speaking local government areas except ailing Ter Ukumwho and Ter Nagi who was deposed by former Governor Gabriel Suswam and reinstated by the Ortom government.
A top government official who was at the meeting, told Nigerian Pilot that Governor Ortom complained bitterly to the traditional rulers about his soured relationship with the Tor Tiv which started during the last March and April general elections.
The monarchs at the parley were allegedly directed to communicate the grievances of the governor to Torkula before action would be taken against him.
Governor Ortom reportedly told the chiefs that the Tiv paramount ruler opposed his candidature because he never wanted a Nongov from Minda except a Iharev where he (monarch) hails from to rule the state.
Also, the governor purportedly said he was not happy with the Tor Tiv over the alleged role he played in the emergence of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, Hon. Terhemen Tarzoor.
The source claimed that the governor told the chiefs to call the paramount ruler to order or he would use his powers to take drastic action against him.
The Tor Tiv, who is a Minda, is alleged to have ensured that no other section of the area produces the governor of the state except a Iharev.
Torkula, alongside the Tiv Traditional Council, TTC, before the primaries of the PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC allegedly conducted a screening exercise for all the aspirants in the zone and adopted Tarzoor in the PDP as their sole candidate.
Another issue that has allegedly polarised the governor and the Tor Tiv is the banishing and dethronement of His Royal Highness, Chief Daniel Abomtse,
the Ter Nagi. The monarch was deposed a month to the expiration of the tenure of the Suswam administration for allegedly working for the APC. He was reinstated by Governor Ortom.
In his reaction, the monarch, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Godwin Ber, exonerated Torkula of the allegations levelled against him. He said that the TTC was mourning its people killed by Fulani militias, stressing that the traditional was non-partisan.
Also, the traditional ruler’s secretary, Mr. Shinyi Tyozua, told Nigerian Pilot that he was not aware of the decision of the state government to depose the Tor Tiv.
When Nigerian Pilot contacted the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, he simply said that “it is false; there is no such plan by the Ortom administration.”

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