Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has lamented that the IGP and Director general of the DSS are plotting to remove him from office. this is coming after Ortom announced his defection from APC to PDP and was served impeachment notice by some members of Benue state house of Assembly. Governor Ortom also decried how 22 members of the Benue state house of the assembly were impeached by 8 APC members and were also prevented by the police from gaining entrance into the premises of the house of Assembly.
Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State, says the institution of impeachment proceedings against him by eight members of the state assembly would have been impossible were Nigeria not a shithole country.
Eight members of the Benue State Assembly served Ortom with impeachment notice on Monday, citing abuse of office and mismanagement of funds.
Reacting to the move, Ortom said he had now come to understand why US President Donald Trump said there are “shithole countries” in Africa.
Ortom blamed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and Director-General of the Department of State Services plotting to unseat him, saying he was being targeted for defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He also accused George Akume, a current senator and former Governor of the state, of working behind the scenes to destabilise his government.
During a press conference addressing his impeachment, Governor Ortom said:
“Today, I’ve realised why Donald Trump called Nigeria or Africa a shithole. I want to believe that Mr. President is not aware of what is taking place in Benue State because as President who swore to uphold the rule of law and due process, and who is referred to as a man of integrity, a man of honour and who respects the constitution of our land, I’m sure he is not aware of the impunity and ignominy that is being perpetrated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the DG of DSS.”
The police detachment from Abuja is acting on the directives of Senator George Akume and the IGP and DSS, forcibly occupying the assembly in flagrant disobedience of court order to vacate the premises.
“The Police barred and stopped the 22 members of the Benue State House of Assembly from entering the assembly premises to conduct their legitimate duties and manhandled citizens who were going to watch the proceedings. They teargassed many and took them away.
“The same Police provided heavy security escorts to the eight members who came to perpetrate the impunity, and led them away to their destination. This form of impunity will only derail the democratic process that we have. Mr President should not allow this. The IGP should not be allowed to be used by Senator Akume to perpetrate evil.
“So, if Akume is recruited to bring people to destabilise this government, he should be called to order. Now I know why Trump called Nigeria a shithole country. It’s only in a shithole country that eight House of Assembly members can suspend 22 lawmakers.”
Ortom said the entire turn of events “does not make sense”, adding: “Terkimbi ikyange, the impeached Speaker, paraded himself as Speaker in flagrant disobedience to the court order that he should not do so until the matter is heard