I Didn’t Mismanage Benue Funds – Suswam
By Our Editor At Large
Former Benue State governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, has denied claims of his successor, Samuel Ortom, that he mismanaged the resources of the state during his tenure from 2007 to 2015.
Speaking during a telephone interview with TreasureOnline, the former governor who ran a failed bid for the Senate last year, said Ortom’s allegation was aimed at diverting the attention of Benue people from his alleged inability to deliver on his campaign promises.
He said, “What the current governor (said) was expected. It is a clever ploy to mask his non-performance close to two years that he was sworn in as governor. But I am happy that Benue (people) can see through the smokescreen.”
Suswam, who declined to speak on his ongoing trial at a Federal High Court over allegations of misappropriating about N30 billion, however expressed confidence that he would be vindicated at the end of the trial.
He added, “As governor, I did my best based on the resources available. We executed many projects, including roads, hospitals and water. These are verifiable projects that people can see and not paper projects. I am proud of our record even if we had wished to do more.”
On his failed senatorial ambition, Suswam said he has put the experience behind him and now settled into a quiet and private life.