Gov Ortom: Akume calls for emergency rule in Benue state
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said he will drag Akume to court to prove unfounded allegations he levelled against him in a recent press conference in Abuja.
Governor Ortom stated this in his response to a press conference by the former governor in Abuja on Monday where he castigated Governor Ortom for his outbursts over the worsening insecurity in the country and the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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.”
But in a swift reaction, Governor Ortom through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase said, “we read the text of press conference addressed today in Abuja by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume with other All Progressives Congress, APC leaders from Benue State.
‘Akume and his group must have been under immense pressure to hold the press conference and hurl vituperation against the governor. This, they had to do to keep their jobs.’
Ortom added that the leadership of APC in the state, having lost grip of the party membership in the state with hundreds defecting to PDP every week, now see a window of opportunity to relaunch themselves into relevance.
‘As a two-term former Governor of Benue State, it is shocking that Akume is now calling for the declaration of a state of emergency in the state to dismantle democratic structures
‘Now he finds it convenient to give lectures on respect for hierarchy in government and age.’
On Akume’s call for a probe, Governor Ortom said he has no objection to that, saying he is running a transparent administration and has nothing to hide.
‘We however invite Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to begin their probe from 1999 when Akume became governor. The N2 billion that went missing at the twilight of his administration is yet to be accounted for.
Recall that when he was Governor, Akume challenged the then President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for not doing enough to end the Jukun/Tiv crisis on the border of Benue and Taraba State. He is on record to have confronted President Obasanjo and said uncomplimentary things to the President. Now he finds it convenient to give lectures on respect for hierarchy in government and age.
The Governor said it was surprising that Senator Akume has, at no time, identified with Benue people who are being continually killed by Fulani herdsmen.