Paramount Ruler Wades Into Akume, Suswam Rift


There are indications that the rift between Governor Gabriel Suswam and his predecessor,  Senator George Akume, may soon be over following the intervention of HRH Tor Tiv IV,  Orchivirgh, Dr. Alfred Torkula.

A reconciliation meeting was summoned by the paramount ruler of the Tiv nation  in his  palace in Gboko recently.

A source told P.M.NEWS that at the meeting, which lasted the whole day and was attended  by ten loyalists of the two political gladiators, the royal father expressed displeasure  over the lingering bickering between the top Tiv sons.

Torkula further warned the warring parties to charge their supporters to desist from  making damning remarks that could  undermine the existing peaceful political atmosphere  in the state. The rift between Governor and Senator Akume has caused tension in the state  ahead of the 2011 polls.

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All efforts to reconcile them until now have been futile. Last week at an endorsement  rally held at the tomb of the foremost political icon in Tivland, Senator Joseph Saawuan  Tarka in Gboko, Wantaregh Paul Iorpuu Unongo had called on the two prominent politicians  to sheathe their swords in the interest of the state and as a mark of honour to the late  minority leader.

“Suswam should respect Akume as former governor of the state and Akume should also accord  same to Suswam for the sake of peace,” the former Minister for Steel had passionately  pleaded.

Unongo’s comments may have informed the convening of the meeting to settle the  differences between the two political heavyweights in the state.

—Ubong George/ Makurdi

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