The incumbent Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has informed the state Governor-elect, Chief Samuel Ortom, to look after him after his exit from office in May.
Suswam reportedly said this at the Government House Banquet Hall in Makurdi on Monday, when he hosted the Governor-elect.
He said, “When I leave(office), I will be a burden on you and you must take care of me.”
According to Punch reports, Suswam assured Ortom that his party (PDP) will not challenge his victory in court, claiming that litigation was an unnecessary distraction.
Governor-elect Ortom, who contested the election on the platform of APC, said he was overwhelmed when the incumbent governor called him on Sunday to congratulate him on his victory at the polls. He commended Suswam for displaying “sound maturity” on the outcome of the election.
He also commended his PDP opponent, Terhemen Tarzoor, who he said, had called to congratulate him.
Rounding up his speech, Suswam said he had started a peaceful transition to enable the Governor-elect to take over from him.
He said, “I’ve already started a peaceful transition to enable the Governor-elect to take over power after the expiration of my tenure.”
He however further reiterated that the Governor – elect must look after him after he leaves office in May.