- Governor Ortom has reacted to Senator Akume’s comments on his administration
- The APC senator had earlier criticised Ortom for failing to pay workers’ salaries despite over N500bn reportedly allocated to the state
- The governor, however, said Akume’s criticism is due to his refusal to be subservient and be subjugated to his (Akume’s) whims
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, on Tuesday, October 9, told Senator George Akume that the type of godfatherism reportedly being practised in Lagos state would not work in Benue.
The Punch reports that Governor Ortom said Akume was attacking him not because he had not performed but because he refused to submit to the control of Akume, who was Benue state governor between 1999 and 2007.
He also accused Akume of diverting N2bn from the state coffers while serving as governor to prosecute his Senate ambition in 2007.
Legit.ng gathers that Ortom, who spoke through his special adviser on media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, was reacting to a statement credited to Akume, in which he reportedly described Ortom’s performance in office as abysmal.
Akume had in an interview with journalists at his residence in Makurdi alleged that Benue had realised over N500bn under Ortom, but there was nothing to show for it.
The former governor regretted that Ortom could not pay workers’ salaries despite the income.
Akume, who said he regretted bringing Ortom to power in 2015, apologised to Benue people for his error of judgment.
But reacting, Ortom’s aide said: “Akume’s criticism of Governor Samuel Ortom has nothing to do with performance but everything to do with Ortom’s refusal to be subservient and be subjugated to his (Akume’s) whims.
“It has become a trend for Nigerian godfathers to suffocate their godchildren for failing to be totally slavish to them.
“This is unfortunate of godfathers who see themselves as gods as it happened in Lagos state.
“Unfortunately for Akume, he failed to achieve the same selfish dreams for Ortom in like manner.”
Ortom’s aide said Benue people ought to turn against Akume, having failed to acknowledge the privileges they gave him.
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Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has warned that nothing must happen to the N14.9 billion Paris club funds due to the state.
The governor was reacting to rumours that N4 billion had been deducted from the money, days after the federal government ordered the recall of the second tranche of the funds.
“We hope that the rumour remains a mere rumour. Nothing must happen to the N14.9 billion the federal government recalled from Benue state accounts,” a statement sent to Legit.ng by the governor's spokesman, Terver Akase warned.
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