Benue State Governor- Samuel Ortom

Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom is affirming that godfatherism which is inherent in Lagos politics would not apply in Benue’s politics.

Ortom made this known on Tuesday through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, while reacting to the criticism of his administration by the former Governor of Benue state, George Akume.


Benue State Governor- Samuel Ortom

The governor who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua noted that Akume was attacking his governent because he had been resistant to the former Governor’s control and godfatherism tendencies.

He described Akume’s tenure between 1999 and 2007 as one characterised by corruption as he had diverted 20billion of state funds to pursue his senatorial ambition while in office.

Earlier Akume, while addressing johrnalists in his Makurdi residence had apologised to the people of Benue for bringing Ortom into power.

He berated Ortom’s inability to develop benue state and and in turn pay salaries despite realising funds to the tune of 500 billion.

Akume further challenged the governor to clear the backlog of salaries arrears owed workers and pensioners in the state, who, he said, were dying of hunger.

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