Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said that his predecessor, Gabriel Suswam crippled the state during his tenure as governor of the state.
Ortom made the allegation while reacting to the High Court ruling by the state Chief Judge, Justice Iorhemen Hwande in Makurdi on Wednesday.
He also vowed to vacate the court order instituted Gabriel Suswam, over the on-going probe by the state government.
Ortom argued that those that voted him to power specifically requested that he probe the immediate past administration so as to identify reasons why the state was “brought to its knees” during Suswam’s tenure.
Ortom had instituted several probe panels to investigate Suswam but Suswam had sought a “stay of proceedings” which was granted by the state chief judge.
Although, Ortom accepted the ruling of the court which ordered stay of proceedings on the panels probing the immediate past administration, the governor noted that it was a “temporary” setback.
The governor who spoke to newsman said “the stay was a temporarily judicial process and the state government’s lawyers would follow due process to vacate it.”
While he stated that he has confidence in the judiciary, he stressed that due process and the rule of law must be allowed to come to play in every judicial process.
According to him, the judicial panel was set up to avail all concerned the opportunity to defend themselves in accordance with the core values of his administration which include transparency, fairness, accountability and justice.
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