Tiv area traditional council pledges sustained support for ranching law

August 17th, 2018

From Austine Tule, Makirdi

The Tiv Area Traditional Council, (TATC), on Friday unanimously agreed to stand by Governor Ortom in the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017.

The council made its position known at its Supreme Council meeting held in Gboko.

The royal fathers stated that if Governor Ortom would be crucified because he chose to resist the invasion and occupation of the land, they were ready to be crucified with him.

They urged him to stand firm and resist any attempt to surrender to herders under whatever guise.
Tor Tiv , Professor James Ayatse, who conveyed council decision advised prominent Tiv sons and daughters to eschew politics of violence and acrimony, stressing that anyone who encourages political violence would be consumed with the entire family.

Governor Ortom stated that his rejection of the organized pogrom against the Benue people was the beginning of his travails.

He informed the council that Senator George Akume has connived with enemies of the state to work against Benue people, stressing that the probing of his security vote and the failed impeachment move were part of the grand plan to oust him from office in accordance with the plan of Miyetti Allah and other Fulani groups.

The Governor noted that he left the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP because the interest of Benue people was not protected.

According to him, he could not continue to hang around people who had openly demonstrated hatred for his people including their means of livelihood.

Governor Ortom and the Tor Tiv urged those yet to register in the ongoing voter registration exercise to do so within the two weeks extension.

They advised those who registered but were yet to collect their permanent voters cards to hurry up and collect them.

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