As the 2023 presidential election gets closer every day, the zoning of the presidency always makes the top headlines in the Nigerian newspapers. Let's recall that the 17 southern governors declared their support that the presidency should be shifted to the southern region since President Muhammadu Buhari, who will complete his 8-year term in 2023, is a northerner some days ago.
In Gboko local government area of Benue state, over 4 people have been killed In a clash between rival cult group. Witnesses reported to daily trust, that the two rival cult groups were battling over who gains control of the area, however it resulted to the death of 4 people who are believed to be members of the cult group.
For a while, Benue State has been battling terrorism, just like every other Northern state, and the Benue people believe that the Herdsmen are responsible for the frequent attacks. Several times, the Governor of the state; Samuel Ortom, has openly condemned Buhari's administration, over the security challenges in the nation.
As the 2023 presidential election draws closer, there are a lot of speculations on the politicians that will fly the flag of the two major political parties in the country and those that will emerge as running mates. On the platform of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, some Governors have been tipped to emerge as the party's flagbearer in the 2023 presidential election.
Governor Samuel Ortom is one of Nigeria's popular and powerful governors. Image Source: Twitter There is one thing he should avoid that may ruin his political career. Governor Ortom is a man of his words, but he needs to avoid one particular thing that may ruin his political career.
A Member of Tiv area traditional council and a business mogul in Benue state, Chief Denen Tofi, the "Ijor Igboughugh I Tiv" said Governor of Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom has given him a befitting burial while he still alive. Tofi was alluding to the reconstruction of his house by the Governor.
VAT: 3 Things Ortom Revealed That Show States Will Fight Till The End As He Backs Wike And Sanwo-Olu
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has openly thrown his weight behind Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT). Image credit: Premium Times Ortom made it known that he strongly supports Wike and Sanwo-olu on the issue of VAT collection by the states instead of allowing the federal government to collect it in all states through the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
It is no more news that many people have been demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as a terrorist group. The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), NINAS, and other groups accused Miyetti Allah of masterminding most of the attacks on non-Fulani communities and Christians in Nigeria.
Due to the recent trend happening in Nigeria in which the presidency, alongside the federal government, constantly engages themselves in attacks and counter attacks on the Rivers state Governor, Nyelsom Wike, and his Benue state counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom, it is becoming clear that maybe the various scuffles between Wike, Governor Ortom, and the federal government could be connected to political differences.
The move for state governments to collect Value Added Tax (VAT) has been a subject of legal tussle between the states and the federal government. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State initiated the move for states to collect VAT. He also signed a law to back it up.
Many Nigerians may be wondering why many Northern Governors have not backed Governor Nyesom Wike on the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT). Wike only got the backing of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on the issue. Lagos has passed the bill on VAT into law and the state has also joined as a party in the suit to challenge the federal government which is backing the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to continue to collect the VAT from states.
Amidst the insecurity ravaging the country, some atrocities have always been attributed to Fulani herdsmen. This made the southern governors to hold a meeting on July 5 in Lagos concerning the way forward. The 17 Southern governors reportedly led by Akeredolu then set a timeline of 1st September, 2021 for the promulgation of the anti-open grazing law.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has reiterated his call on farmers to bear arms for self defense. Governor Samuel Ortom The Governor had earlier said farmers must be allowed to bear arms to defend themselves against herdsmen whom he accused of attacking farm communities in his State.
The peoples Democratic party (PDP) Appointed Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State as Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee. A statement released on Thursday by Governor Fintiri’s Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, said the decision was reached earlier in the day at the 93rd National Executive Council meeting of the party in Abuja.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has vowed not to repeal the State anti-open-grazing law as been canvassed by the leadership of one of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in the country, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). Governor Samuel Ortom The Governor in a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase said “the law has come to stay, and no amount of sponsored propaganda can compel the state government to repeal it”.
Most Reverend Henry Ndukaba, Primate of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for his "inability to manage the security crisis gripping the entire nation" over attacks on Nigerians. The preacher made the claim during a courtesy visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi.
Due to the current insecurity in the country and the unlawful killing of farmers and destruction of farmlands by armed herdsmen. The Executive Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has said that farmers should be allowed to carry Ak-47 raffle to protect themselves from criminal herdsmen. This information was contained in a news report shared on the Instagram page of the Guardian newspaper @guardiannigeria, few hours ago.
The office of the Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom is now wearing a new face after it has undergone serious renovation. The contractor which handled the remolded Governor's Office Complex at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi, SABC Limited today handed over the facility to the State Government through the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development
The bill on Value Added Tax (VAT) collection in Rivers State was signed into law by Governor Nyesom Wike. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has expressed his support for his colleagues in Lagos and Rivers states, despite efforts to make VAT collection exclusive to State.
Open Grazing by Fulani herdsmen has been the major cause of insecurity in Nigeria in recent times. It has all along been there but it grew worse from 2015 till date. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, while seeking for a permanent solution drawing from perhaps the failures of several peace meetings, enacted a law to ban open grazing in his state with the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017.