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Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom

Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba, has vowed that no financial inducement will make 22 lawmakers in the House to work against the state.

He disclosed this in an interview in Makurdi, the state capital.

The speaker said the assembly under his leadership was ready to lift the suspension of eight members in another faction, if they show remorse.

Part of the conditions, he said, include a retraction of their negative comments and readiness to work with the rest lawmakers to develop the state.

Uba maintained that as elected representatives of the people, it was only good that they work in unison and in line with aspirations of the people who voted them into office.

He expressed concern at the developments in the House, adding that it was a struggle to save the soul of Benue, and not necessarily politically motivated.

He said: “To the best of my knowledge, this type of thing has never happened in this country, where a speaker would be impeached and those in majority still give speakership to the minority.

“This has now clearly shown that power in this state has become a struggle, we are not looking at acronyms, or sentiments.

But, we are looking at how we can come together to save the soul of Benue State.”

The speaker disclosed that the lawmakers were working together in unity, in interest of the state, irrespective of political affiliations.

“The 22 members on my side are intact, and nothing on this earth is going to shake us,” he maintained.

On the possibility of reconciliation, Uba explained that the suspended lawmakers were still members of the assembly and would be welcomed if they so desire.

He added: “We are also still in talking terms with the other eight members, and some of them are already making advances to come back and join us, instead of taking us to the other side.

“But if you paint something black and you want to brighten it, you must use white paint to clean it.”



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