Benue elders warn Joe Igbokwe over comment on Ortom

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Joe Igbokwe and Governor Samuel Ortom

By Chijioke Kingsley

Elders in Benue have warned Lagos-based APC stalwart, Joe Ibokwe not to toy with the name of their governor, Samuel Ortom, who they said is far too advanced in wisdom and politicis to join issues with him.

The elders, who spoke through a representative, Elder Tyokegh Peter, warned Igbokwe to restrict his activities to Lagos and the APC which he is so obsessed in protecting.

Sundiata Post recalls Igbokwe was quoted to have said “Thank God that Ortom isn’t telling us it is Fulani herdsmen”, a statement he made while reacting to the news of 30 houses razed during a communal clash in Benue State.

Elder Peter said Igbokwe is always talking to please his pay masters.

Peter reminded him Governor Ortom is a man God sent to salvage the people of Benue State, an assignment which he said, the governor has carried judiciously.

According to him: “Ortom contested for governor in 2015, first under PDP, very close to the elections there was a gang-up against him and he defected to APC unpopular party in Benue and won the elections.

“Ortom’s interest has been to serve the people of Benue who were under continuous attack by Fulani terrorists and he took the bull by the horn, despite his affiliation with the APC he boldly implemented anti-grazing law. 

“This led to a failed impeachment plot against him and all manner of ensued to make Benue ungovernable for him. 

“Ortom defected back to PDP and still won elections in 2019 amidst overwhelming rigging by APC. God gave Ortom victory even with 14 commissioners of in Benue on a special mission, he won in the Supreme Court.

“Joe Igbokwe, watch before your greed consumes you. You can’t fight Ortom and succeed”, Elder Peter said.