Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has asked his estranged political godfather, Senator George Akume, to refrain from castigating him and show his score card including the bills he has sponsored as a member of the National Assembly for about 12 years, to his constituents.
The governor who threw this challenge through his Special Adviser on Media and ICTs, Tahav Agerzua during an interaction with newsmen yesterday in Makurdi challenged Senator Akume to be more concern with highlighting his achievements to his constituents rather than passing judgement on others.
“When these people were not on the scene, Aper Aku became first civilian governor of Benue State without anyone’s effort, same for Rev.Fr. Moses Adasu, and my case will not be different”.
The governor also debunked allegations that he recently met with eight (8) PDP governorship aspirants and doled out over two(2) billion naira to them, questioning, where will he get such huge amount of money from.
According to him, “I am is not afraid of contest”, recalling that in 2015, he ran the entire gamut of PDP governorship primary before leaving for APC on grounds of impurity”.
“People should stop pitching the governor with fellow aspirants. Governor Ortom is not afraid of contest. That is why as a democrat, he even left APC which offered him automatic ticket. I believe too, that the PDP will not force Ortom on its members. Let all the aspirants canvass for votes from the delegates by telling them what they will do if vote to power,ahead of its primary, because the issue of promoting Ortom is a phobia”Tahav maintained.
“I am a man of due process, that is why when i was scheme out of the PDP i decided to explore other windows of the APC on the account of the impunity i found in PDP, unfortunately the similar situation that forced me out of PDP is playing itself in the APC and I am now back in the reform PDP which has already apologise to Nigerians”
On the issue of PDP aspirants, threatening to dump the party on grounds of the party imposing Ortom on them, the governor debunked the allegation, saying, it is not necessary, because there is nothing to indicate that the party is going to force Ortom on them.
“I think people threatening to decamp or not is not necessary, for me it is mere speculations, if they want to leave may be they are looking for justification, otherwise there is nothing to indicate that the party is forcing Ortom on them”
He urged the aspirants to rather be canvassing support from delegate not from journalists.
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