Benue: APC Stakeholders Ask Buhari to Declare State of Emergency

Benue: APC Stakeholders Ask Buhari to Declare State of Emergency

  • All Progressives Congress stakeholders believe the declaration of a state of emergency is one of the solutions to the menace of insecurity in Benue
  • Members of the ruling party made this call in Abuja to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 30
  • Senator George Akume, the minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs made the disclosure after assessment of the situation

Abuja - Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a state of emergency to address the deteriorating security situation in the state.

The minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs, Senator George Akume, made the call on behalf of elders and stakeholders of the ruling party while addressing reporters on Monday, August 30, in Abuja, The Nation reports.

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Influential members of the APC have weighed in on the security situation in Benue state. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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Akume noted that they hinged their call on the persistent claim by Governor Samuel Ortom that the security situation in the state has deteriorated in such a manner that the lives of the people are not secured.

In another report by Vanguard, the minister who was flanked by Abba Moro, APC chairman, former and serving national and state assemblies members and chieftains of the party said the call came after assessment of the situation.

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He said:

“Since Governor Ortom has consistently alleged that the security situation in Benue State has deteriorated in such a manner that lives of Benue people are not secured, we call on Mr. President as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces to declare a state of emergency in Benue State to bring the security situation in the state under control."

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Earlier, the presidency on Saturday, August 28, denied the allegations that President Buhari accepted in 2012 the invitation to be a Boko Haram negotiator.

The denial was made as the face-off between the federal government and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state continues to fester over insecurity and killings in the country.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in an interview with BBC News Pidgin monitored by, said the allegation by Governor Ortom against his principal is baseless.

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Meanwhile, Ortom responded to the verbal attack directed at him by the presidency after he accused the Buhari administration of being complicit in the recent killings across the country in an interview.

The Benue state chief executive said instead of launching an attack on his person, the presidency should focus on the issues he raised and address them immediately.

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Part of the statement which was sent to by the governor's spokesman, Terver Akase, read:

“We read the statement released by the presidency in response to Governor Samuel Ortom’s recent interview on Channels Television in which he raised a number of concerns bordering on the worsening security situation across the country."


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