Gabriel Suswam, the embattled erstwhile governor of Benue state, has lamented what he described as misinformation from the All progressives Congress during the last 2015 general elections which alleged that he stole the state’s funds meant for workers’ salaries.
According to Daily Post, Suswam who governed the state from 2007 to 2015, an administration that has been tagged the worst in the history of the country, denied stealing the state’s money during his eight years tenure in office.
He made this denial at a special thanksgiving service organised for him at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Makurdi, by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the state House of Assembly members.
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The ex-governor said: “Today that same salary issue is persisting, that is to tell you that we are in a deep economic crisis.
“I am not a thief, I’m not a criminal, I did not steal government money neither did I syphon the state’s resources.
“In our time, we assumed office under tough circumstances, but we were able to achieve a milestone. The fact is that no one can do the job of governnce at once.
“You do your best and leave the rest. I did my best. And I refused to demonize anyone when I assumed office, though I was pushed to do so by forces and individuals but I refused.”
Suswam stressed that the seat of the governor of Benue state is the hottest in the country.
He said: “If you spend one day in office as a governor, and if somebody takes over, and he wants to take you to jail, he will do so.
“The fact is that nobody is a saint, we have serious economic situation. I raised the alarm, they said I was stealing money; my successor is raising same alarm today.
“Unfortunately, the Tiv man always wants to bring down his own brother, the truth is that as governor, there is no way you cannot step on toes.”
Meanwhile, the state governor, Samuel Ortom, had insisted that his predecessor,Suswam, must face trial to account for his stewardship while in office as governor for eight years.
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