The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has described the increasing public attack against the person and office of Governor Samuel Ortom by the senator representing Benue North West Senatorial District, Senator George Akume as most unfortunate.
The PDP spokesman in the state, Bemgba Iortyom who was reacting to the recent outburst by the senator, calling on the federal government to move against the governor, said, such statements are direct threat to the collective project of the state which must be vehemently resisted.
According to Iortyom,”Benue PDP condemns this latest action of Senator Akume against Gov. Ortom for the very reason that it falls short of the standard of conduct required of one who previously call himself a Governor” “The Benue North-West senator has by his latest outings added credence to growing public perceptions that he is lacking in genuine sense of collective stake-holding and commitment to the Benue project.
“Senator Akume’s attitude and conduct towards the person and office of the governor falls grossly short of the civility, maturity and decorum required of one of his status as a former occupant of that same venerated office, and such should be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all well meaning Nigerians.
“It cannot be denied that Senator Akume was instrumental to the emergence of Ortom as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 governorship race, following which he (Ortom) emerged from that election to become governor of Benue State.
“Yet, Akume himself was pushed, above better qualified aspirants, to become the governor of the state in 1999 by Engr Barnabas Gemade, following which he (Akume) acquired the clout to influence anyone’s rising to any position at all,” he said.
He added that it is therefore, “an established norm with mankind that men make men, but it is equally a cardinal requirement of wisdom that such men made must still remain men and not vaunt themselves in vainglory to the ethereal status of gods.”
According to Iortyom, the senator has been reflecting in his words which are harsh on the ordinary people whom he views and insults as “animals” and as well on other leaders who are nothing but his creations, including even those whom he served and who lifted him to power and prominence.
“It is the same attitude Senator Akume maintains towards the person and office of the Governor of the state, whom he has variously insulted in public as ‘something he picked from the gutter’, ‘a common thief’ and the likes, not minding that he was once an occupant of that same office, and in his time he was totally incapable of bearing even the slightest of criticism, no matter how constructive it was,” he noted
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