Bauchi Governor, Bala Mohammed has accused his Benue counterpart Samuel Ortom of as carrying the unfortunate theatrics, for which he is well known, to a very precipitous level of brinkmanship
Reacting to Governor Ortom’s accusation that he is part of the terrorists that have been killing people across the North, Governor Bala said: “We want to state that Governor Ortom has carried the unfortunate theatrics, for which he is well known, to a very precipitous level of brinkmanship.”
He said that as a journalist and democrat, he conceded to Governor Ortom the right to reply, saying that through his unfounded and grave allegations, the Benue State Governor has over-personalized the matter, thereby reducing the debate to a level of toxicity that is neither healthy for the country nor helpful to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
”One of the main attractions of democracy is the freedom of speech which we relish very much in this country. That is why anybody can rise and make any allegation as they choose. However, as the legal dictum goes, he who alleges must prove.
“So, if Governor Ortom is not playing to the gallery, we challenge him to substantiate his claim that Governor Bala Mohammed is in cahoots with anybody to kill the Benue State Governor.’’
In the by his Senior Special Assistant on Media Mukhtar Gidado, Governor Bala Mohammed asked Ortom to provide evidence for his allegations.
Part of the statement partly reads: ”In our resolve to deescalate the tension that has gripped the country over the sacking of Fulani herdsman from Ondo State, we had resolved not to join issues with any other person over the position of His Excellency, Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON, on the issue.
”However, while standing on that resolve, it will be irresponsible of us to ignore two unfortunate claims made by the Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, at a press conference last Monday. During the conference, Governor Ortom alleged, among other things, that:
”Governor Bala Mohammed is a terrorist, sponsoring those he described as Fulani terrorist herdsmen.”
”And he, Governor Ortom, had received a letter from Fulani herdsmen to the effect that they were going to kill him (Governor Ortom) and that Governor Bala Mohammed should be held responsible if he (Governor Ortom) dies”
”We are therefore shocked that Governor Ortom could, in good conscience, address a fellow Governor whom, he had described as a brother, as a terrorist and who should, to wit, be placed under watch should anything untoward happen to him (Ortom).
Governor Ortom had alleged that Governor Bala Mohammed is a terrorist, sponsoring herdsmen, saying that he had received a death threat from herdsmen and that Bala should be held responsible if anything happens to him.