Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said he no issues with the ruling of the Makurdi High Court which ordered stay of proceedings on the panels probing the immediate past administration.
Reacted to the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Iorhemen Hwande’s ruling yesterday, Governor Ortom said the stay was a temporarily judicial process and that the state government’s lawyers would follow due process to vacate it.
“I have confidence in the judiciary’s due process and the rule of law. I set up the judicial panel to avail all concerned the opportunity to defend themselves in accordance with the core values of my administration which include transparency, fairness, accountability and justice,” he explained.
Also reacting to the calls by some individuals and groups that he should have extended the probe panels to cover the Dr. George Akume administration Governor Ortom stated that he did not take over from the senator.
He noted that the people who voted him into office specifically demanded that he should probe the immediate past administration of Dr. Gabriel Suswam to know why the state had been brought to its knees so that his administration would avoid pitfalls and learn lessons.
“People have expressed their wish that those who diverted public funds into personal use should be held accountable and that such funds or property be recovered if possible,” the Governor maintained.
– John Shiaondo, Makurdi