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After leaving office, ex-Governor Ortom pleads for calm in the face of alleged unwarranted persecution.



Chief Samuel Ortom, the former Governor of Benue State, has asked for calm in the face of the unjust persecution he and those who served under him have faced since leaving office.

He asked his supporters to exercise restraint in the face of harassment, car confiscation, petitions to anti-graft agencies, and arrests, promising them that justice will be served.

The former Governor, who made the request in a statement sent by his media aide, Terver Akase, on Wednesday, expressed gratitude for all of the remarks and worries expressed about his plight.

He also warned against any conduct that could inflame the political situation, stating that he was competent of reacting to allegations leveled against him and other government officials.

“Chief Ortom deeply appreciates all the concerns expressed by various people about his harassment and those who served his administration in the form of petitions to anti-graft agencies, arrests, and vehicle impoundment,” the statement said in part.

“He, on the other hand, calls for calm and urges those making statements about the situation to exercise restraint and not inflame the polity.”

“The former Governor claims he is capable of responding to the allegations leveled against him and other former government officials, and he has always stated his belief in the rule of law.”

“He reiterates his willingness to respond to issues pertaining to his administration whenever the need arises.”

“He is also grateful to all of his supporters and well-wishers for their prayers and messages of goodwill.”

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