- With the dust of the 2019 general election finally down, Governor Samuel Otorm of Benue has been urged to bury the hatchets
- His former aide, Terhide Utaan, has written to the governor seeking forgiveness for his criticism in the build-up to the election
- Utaan, former APC candidate who lost Makurdi/Guma federal constituency to his opponent, called for peace and love again
Like a Biblical prodigal son, Terhide Utaan, a former aide to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, has tendered an apology over his criticism of the governor in the build-up to the 2019 elections.
Utaan conveyed his apology to Ortom in a letter directed to the governor and made available to the press on Sunday, May 31.
According to the former aide, who contested for Makurdi/Guma federal constituency in the last general election, his utterances towards the governors are regrettable.
He promised to continue to be a younger brother to Governor Ortom and conduct himself in a way that will aide the smooth run of Ortom-led administration in Benue state, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that towards the build-up to the election, Utaan had called for a press conference where he accused the governor of creating crisis in Guma local government area where both hailed from.
But in a subsequent reconciliatory move, Utaan who is a former state focal person for the Social Investment Program (SIP), pleaded with the governor to bury the hatchets and move on.
"I regret addressing that particular press conference that has angered you so deeply and I again ask your forgiveness. I regret my comments both in context and content and I must admit that they were ill-informed and grossly misrepresentative.
“To err is human my brother and my Governor but to forgive is indeed divine. Please forgive and forget the ugly past and give me a chance to prove my newness of heart.
“I am deeply sorry for all my indiscretions especially towards you and my dear mother the First Lady and again, I promise to do better," Utaan said in a letter to the Benue governor.
Acknowledging the receipt of the letter, Governor Ortom said he has forgiven his "brother" as a Christian who should not keep grudges.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Benue state government has reversed its earlier decision to reopen churches, mosques, markets, and other public places in the state that were closed to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Governor Ortom made the announcement while briefing journalists at Government House in Makurdi.
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