Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday accused his estranged political godfather, Senator George Akume, of conspiring with the enemy of the state to destabilise his government.
The governor said it was sad that Akume has not been able to speak with decorum, more so that he was once a sitting governor.
Ortom, who was reacting to media reports credited to the senator, where he was quoted to have vowed to remove the governor in a few months’ time, wondered what laws of the country the senator would use to do so.
Akume was said to have made the allegation while speaking at the All Progressives Congress (APC) expanded caucus meeting held in Makurdi, the state capital.
He was reported to have contended that Ortom had been lying about all his university degrees, which he never possessed.
He said: “Ortom gives only N5 million to each local government every month and pockets the remaining hundreds of millions that are being sent by the Federal Government as local government allocations. “Benue people are crying and dying of hunger and suffering because Ortom and his family members are smiling to the banks every day,” Akume said.
According to him, Ortom was using the money he was supposed to use to pay workers’ salaries to fund a certain presidential aspirant in the PDP.
He told the APC expanded caucus that the only Federal Government intervention programme in Benue State, which was the National Social Investment Programme, had been hijacked by the governor, his wife, his in-laws and family.
Akume further boasted that he “won his elections in 1999 and 2003 when Ortom was in APP. I won my election in 2011 under CAN, when Ortom was in PDP. But today, Ortom said he has been helping me to be able to win my elections”.
But Governor Ortom, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, described as unfortunate the utterances of the senator who represents Benue North-West had arrogated divine powers, which only God has, to himself.
“If not, why would he say he would remove the governor? Under which law was he speaking, under which status of this country was he saying that? Because Akume doesn’t have the power to remove a sitting governor, he tried it with only eight members of the state assembly and it didn’t work, it failed because it was an illegality and all of us were here to see him supervise the said illegality that failed.”
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