- Governor Samuel Ortom has declared that he is ready to forgive former APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole
- Oshiomhole had called the governor a murderer at a press conference in 2018
- The former ruling party chairman is now seeking for an out-of-court order and intends to apologise to the Benue state governor
Governor Samuel Ortom has given assurances that he will forgive Comrade Adams Oshiomhole if the former Edo state governor tenders an apology to him.
The Benue state governor stated this on Wednesday, October 14, while speaking to journalists at an event in Government House, Makurdi.
Governor Ortom had filed a N10billion libel suit against Oshiomhole over his comments against him at a press conference held in July 2018.
Oshiomhole, the then national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had accused the north-central governor of having a hand in the death of two Catholic priests and other parishioners at Mbalom Community, Gwer East local government.
According to Oshiomhole during the press briefing, one of the priests had preached a ‘very critical sermon’ against the governor before that attack.
Surprisingly, on Tuesday, October 13, Oshiomhole sought an out-of-court settlement in the N10 billion libel suit.
When the case resumed for definite hearing, counsel to Governor Ortom, Samuel Irabor told the court that he was ready to call his witnesses, but that Oshiomhole’s counsel had informed him earlier that they have considered putting up a retraction of the publication and that it would be ready within a week.
Responding, Ortom said:
“I am a Christian and the Bible says forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
“So, if your brother offends you and comes back to apologise, you will forgive. Moreover, the conditions are there, and I know that I was innocent even when he made all those allegations.
“If he comes back now to tender an apology to me and also go back to the same news medium that he used to scandalise and vilify me to have the apology published and also meet the condition set by my lawyers, I will certainly forgive him.”
Governor Ortom has been very vocal about the insecurity in his state and beyond at the risk of getting into the bad books of the federal authorities.
His constant focus on the issue affected his relationship with the powers that be in the federal government which culminated in his leaving the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the 2019 general elections.
Recall that Governor Ortom had on Friday, August 21, 2020, reiterated his earlier suggestion that Nigerians should be allowed to carry AK-47 rifles due to the security challenges faced in most parts of the country.
The governor insisted that Nigerians need to be licenced to bear AK-47 rifles for self-protection and defence, in view of the general insecurity in the country.
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has threatened legal action against the federal government over the controversial water resources bill.
Governor Ortom said the bill, which many have been described as favouring pastoralists in the country, cannot be passed through the back door.
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