Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday called for immediate resignation of the Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission in charge of Benue state, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav for abdicating the responsibility of his exalted office.
The governor who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tarhav Agerzua, at a press conference held in Makurdi said that the call was necessitated by the recent high court judgment in the state.
He insisted that Abubakar Tsav should resign his position as federal commissioner, Public Complaints Commission and join them in politics so that they can face one another on a political platform.
Tarhav said that Alhaji Tsav’s conduct so far had indicated that he has abdicated the responsibility of his office and descended into the political arena.
“I am calling on Tsav to honourably resign his appointment with the Public Complaint Commission where he is serving as a commissioner in Benue state because he has been using his office to attack Governor Ortom.
“Making spurious allegation against the governor and the kernel of my call is that having been convicted by court of law in the state he should resign immediately and if he chooses not to resign we are sending letter to the national assembly.”
“As Ombudsman, he is expected to be fair in all issues before him, but he has chosen to be partisan and we expect him to resign and join politics.”
The governor spokesman disclosed that, already, a State High Court presided over by Justice Maurice Ikpambese, had ordered the Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, to pay N10m as damages to Mr. Abrahams Kwaghngu, senior special assistant on special duties to Governor Samuel Ortom, for libel.
Reacting to the call, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, said whether he is a Public Complaints Commissioner or not, he shall continue to criticise corruption, nepotism and injustice, adding that his responsibility is not to team up with a corrupt government to perpetrate acts of injustice against the ordinary people but rather to be watch Dog for social justice.
He intimated that there is need to educate Governor Ortom that the people who appointed him (Tsav) are men of honour and integrity, saying he was appointed based on his personal merit and credibility.
On the N10m judgement suit slammed on him by Benue State High Court Makurdi, Tsav said there is grave of miscarriage of justice in the case, stating that his lawyer is appealing the judgement.
He said: “Our law provides that if a person is not satisfied with the decision of a court of trial, one should appeal to a superior court and that is exactly what we are doing. It should be noted that before the judgement was read, governor Ortom and the plaintiff were aware of the judgement.