Benue Youths Allege Plot To Assassinate Governor Ortom
The TIV Youth Organisation (TYO) has alleged that there is a plot to assassinate Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
Nigerian Guardian reports that President General of TYO, Comrade Timothy Hembaor, has averred that the plan was being perfected by ‘Abuja Forces’ “as the next action after the impeachment move (against the governor) seems to have failed.”
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday in Makurdi, the state capital, Hembaor disclosed that information at their disposal indicate that the elimination plot was mooted long ago, “but its implementation was pushed to 2019 when, by the plotters’ calculation, Ortom would no longer be governor.”
He claimed that it was on this premise that the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership was earlier instructed to deny the governor a return ticket come 2019.
The recent defection of the governor to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hembaor stated, had supposedly distorted the hatching, hence the decision to move for his immediate removal from office by the legislature.
He alleged: “The plotters were believed to have carefully developed ways to stoke a political crisis in Benue as well as supervise another programme in the state so that if Governor Ortom could not be impeached, the coordinated crisis and sponsored mayhem would be escalated enough to declare a state of emergency.”
He continued that “in all of this, the cries of the people of Benue and those of other Nigerians did not make any impression on the president.
“We want to put it on record that the life of Governor Ortom is at risk and if anything happens to him, President Muhammadu (Buhari) will be held responsible.”
“We call on the President Buhari to henceforth withdraw the police that he has mandated to terrorise and intimidate Governor Ortom.
“We also demand that the President should direct the Inspector General of Police and the DG of Department of State Services (DSS) to withdraw their men from the State House of Assembly.”