Outgoing Benue Governor, Suswam donates 8 SUVs to incoming governor, wife

Gabriel Suswam

The outgoing governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, on Thursday donated eight new Toyota Prado Sports Utility Vehicles to the state governor-elect, Samuel Ortom, his deputy, Benson Aboun, and their wives.

He made the donation in Makurdi, the state capital.

The governor said the donation was part of the move by the outgoing administration to ensure peaceful transition to the new one on May 29.

Mr. Ortom of the All Progressives Congress had defeated the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Terhemen Tarzoor, in the April 11 election.

He polled a total of 422,932 votes to defeat the PDP candidate who had 313,878 votes.

Mr. Suswam is believed to have had propped up Mr. Tarzoor, a former Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly.

The outgoing governor also declared support for former Governor George Akume in his bid to ​become ​​the ​Senate​ president​.

Mr. Akume, who is also the senate minority leader, was the governor of Benue State between 1999 and 2007. He represents Benue North East Senatorial District.

“My way of playing​ ​politics is all encompassing and I am fully in support of Akume to emerge as the Senate President for the 8th Assembly since he is the only person from Benue vying for that position, which we understand has been zoned to the North Central,” Mr. Suswam said.

There are indications that the former governor fell out ​with ​Mr. Suswam shortly after the latter assumed office.

He asked journalists to give support to the incoming APC administration, which will be headed by Mr. Ortom.

“I want you people (journalists) to extend the same support and cooperation our government enjoyed to the incoming administration of APC in the interest of the nation,” the outgoing governor, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, said.

Mr. Akume is a frontrunner in the race for the senate presidency. He was first elected into the Senate in 2007 and will returning to the upper legislative chamber of the third time in June.

If the APC leadership finally zones the position to the North Central, the Senate Minority Leader will square it up with a former governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki.

If elected, Mr, Akume will be the fourth senate president from Benue State. The others are Iyorchia Ayu (1992-1993), Ameh Ebute (1993), incumbent, David Mark (2007-2015).


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  • Akiika

    Donate? it keeps getting crazier by day in this country! na him papa money he take buy the vehicles?

    • Isaac Azor

      It’s surprising!

  • SAM .A

    Samuel Ortom , you are Christian, this is not donation from a defeated governor Suswan but BRIBERY.
    A governor that could not pay his civil servants for 8months , and now can afford to donate 8 Toyota Prado jeeps
    I n the spirit of CHANGE we all voted for, please reject these trucks , conviscate them and sell them to pay the salary this man own the civil servants. Also go ahead and probe how much this guy has stolen from goverment cover,take it back to finance ur government.

    • Zaiyol

      We are yet to hear from the in-coming governor, so there is not much we can say about this fiat. But did he accept these gifts? While we all know that there are NO real APC members in Benue State, we know that APC has a manifesto that should be followed. George Akume, Barnabas Gemade, Samuel Ortom, etc are PDP members who joined APC because of political convenience rather than ideological congruity. Ideologically, these guys still carry the PDP culture of corruption and impunity of squandering public funds as if it were their money. We wait to see the in-coming governor’s reaction to this open invitation to corruption, and the response from the Benue people after May 29, 2015 when Suswam may have lost his so called immunity.

  • Bbb

    But is the not the same Benue that could not afford to pay teachers salary? This is crazy, I hope incoming governor will reject this in the name of transparency.

  • Shimei

    Shocking! Mr Ortom should reject this bait. What has SUV got to do with smoothness of the May 29 transition? Suswam, the fake lawyer. He has yet to produce his certificate or name his classmates. When the boyish Femi Fani-Kayode challenged our President-Elect to produce his secondary school certificate or name his classmates, the 72-year old man deigned to both requests and even went ahead to shock his younger traducer with his student or examination number. Suswam, we are waiting for you when immunity would have expired on May 30, 2015.

  • Screw-em

    Folks, how do you “donate” gov’t property to incoming governor?……how much the gov dey make again?….this one pass me………..lol

  • bib

    Beware of Greek gift.

    • sam

      The cost of these vehicles is enough to pay Benue teachers salary atleast for one month. Yet he keep saying the state does not have money to pay its workers.

    • abeem

      It is an attempt to silence them from probing his time in office.

  • peaceometer

    This calls for probes.

  • SkyAboveLimits

    Caution Caution Caution!!!
    Ssshhhhh!!!! A new sheriff is in town.

    God bless Nigeria and the Igbo Nation

  • Allayes

    The “gifts” should be returned promptly!

  • akyn

    This is one of the major problems in Nigeria. Where does a governor get the funds or authority to donate gifts with state’s money? This applies to every nokes and corners of the country. From donation to churches, mosques and NGO’s. We the citizen’s should start protesting and the EFCC should step him to stop this practice.

  • International Games

    This Benue Governor is a smooth criminal. He knows that the incoming Governor AND his wife are hungry. He wants to trap them now. IF they probe Suswam in the future, he will ask them to explain why they accepted the BRIBE.

    • George Ager.A

      How hungry can an ex minsiter be? The dude in not hungry the gov is just being the criminal he is.

  • Nwa _ Africa

    That is pure bribing and he should be arrested and send to jail immediately…

  • Usman

    Thieves

  • Spoken word

    Why is he doing this.just a waste of resources in a poor state . This kind of wastage has to be stopped in this country

    • Kunle

      This man is an animal and his children and family should be ashamed of him. He stole money from the people and now he is using some of the stolen monies to curry favour from the new oga in Benue. Olodo.

  • FellowNigerians

    wonders will never end.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    All this coming after his party had lost the elections. A “share-share” governor who, like his colleagues in the PDP, are spendthrifts who do not know neither do they understand how to create wealth. He could not pay his workers salaries for years, but found money to buy 8 SUVs to bribe the incoming government in the hope that he would be forgiven his sins. For many years now, he could not use his influence as governor of Benue State to have the airport at his state capital Makurdi reopened, thereby exposing indigenes as well as others who travel to and from the state by road to grave danger. A process should be initiated by the incoming government to compel all state governors to source at least 35% of their annual budgets from internal sources. That way, perhaps they would learn to be shrewd with public funds…

  • uduakomiri

    What is the point of this donation other than a way of stealing money, wasting money and currying favour. It is senseless gimmick because the new governor surely will be able to order, and maintain his own fleet as is the silly norm in Nigerian political circles. But I’d like to ask the outgoing governor: If the money spent on those 8 suvs was his hard earned cash, would he have spent it the way he did?
    Corruption is Nigeria is only possible because we have weak institutions where any individual in position of authority simply hijacks the resources owned by the people and used like private property. That’s what goes on in Nigeria from the highest to the lowest offices. Don’t get me wrong, the UK, US, and most European countries leaders are as corrupt as ours but their institutions cannot easily be bent without one burning his finger. Hillary Clinton’s dodgy financial deals in the White House travel office during her husband’s tenure still haunts her to this day and will probably affect her run for the presidency. UK MPs are so greedy they even submit claims for reimbursement of money they spent watching porn, they arrange to be paid £6,000 pounds per day for selling info to lobbyist and speaking on their behalf in parliament. Politicians are rotten species yet to qualify a Nigerian politician as rotten will be a gross understatement, they are depraved to the core, they are genetically conditioned to steal, and steal, and steal to their eyeballs. If you leave a worthless tinfoil in a Nigerian government official’s table, he will nick it straight away even without thinking that the tin foil of no use to him. These people are just sick in the head even the devil will shout Jesus at what Nigerian politicians do!

  • Julius

    See how the fools spend the state monies as if its belong to them and their family. These people ought to reject it since they are coming in as change agents. We all know why he is doing this…trying to cover his azz not to be probed. It wont work.smh

  • corporal

    a state owing workers and pensioners for endless months, this man is wicked and should be treated without mercy from may 29th

  • Sheriff

    If what I read of Suswan gift of 8 suv jeeps to the gov-elect is true, then he has deviated from the principles of his party the APC. Moreso if he actually accepted the gifts then Benuites should prepare for the worst.

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    Gabriel Suswam,
    We know how long you have been in office and we know your salary.
    Please inform that Magician that made it possible for you to donate cars not to leave town.
    I have a feeling someone wants to talk to both of you……soon.

  • Curseless

    What is wrong with our leaders that they can’t think straight? How do one explain this impulsive financial recklessness? Many of the Nigerian governors have turned people’s money into petty cash and spend without due process and these same so called governors will deny their poor constituents essential needs. It will be interesting to know how many of them put anything through appropriation talk less of putting the state money, people’s money in the state account rather than their private accounts.At the end of it all when they are out of office they ensure the state continue to fund their reckless living. Can this Mr Suswam tell us the need for buying the incoming governor and his wife 8 Prados, if not for trying to ensure that his past will not be probed. It makes one wonder why the black man is in trouble.

  • Susuam you are the wrong Governor for God Sick you carried Benue State money and Buy Cars because of the problems that you have with Governor Elect Hon. Ortom. God would Punished you in the Name of Jesus Christ, Said Amen.

  • Maria

    Donating cars to the incoming governor? Did he use his money or public funds? On whose behalves did he donate the cars? Or is it because the incoming governor does no have any car or what? These Nigerian politicians are barefaced criminals. I would be disappointed if the incoming governor accepts these greek gifts from a perennial thief called Suswam.