Benue youths name those behind alleged plot to assassinate Ortom


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A plot is being hatched to assassinate the Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom, according to the Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO).

The President General of TYO, Comrade Timothy Hembaor, made the allegation in a press conference on Tuesday in the state capital, Makurdi.

Hembaor alleged that the plot was being masterminded by “Abuja Forces”.

The youth leader further alleged that the plot had been perfected a while ago but its implementation was being “pushed to 2019 when, by the plotters’ calculation, Ortom would no longer be governor.”

He said that part of the plot was a purported instruction not to allow the governor secure the second term ticket  of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.

Recall that Ortom on Friday, July 27 announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after accusing the APC of giving him a “red card”.

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Hembaor said that Ortom’s proactive move to leave the APC disrupted the plot and the alleged plotters decided to rush the plan by having the Benue State House of Assembly remove him from office.

“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.

“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.”

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