Akume says Ortom’s abysmal performance not connected to herdsmen

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

A national leader of the APC who also represents Benue’s Zone B in the senate, Senator George Akume, has said that the abysmal performance of the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, should not be connected to Fulani herdsmen.

Akume said this during an interaction with journalists at his Makurdi residence recently.

He said: “The truth here is that Benue State has a governor in the person of Ortom who has no capacity to do anything, and they have seen it clearly, this has nothing to do with herdsmen, abysmal performance has nothing to do with herdsmen but it rather has to do with incapacity, inability to know what you have to do as a governor of a state, this is a home truth it doesn’t require a magician to make this analysis, I have been in politics for a long time so I know this game”

Akume who lampooned Governor Ortom for performing below expectation also made it known that some other governors are still performing creditably well despite fulani attacks in their respective states.

He however apologised to the Benue people for bringing Ortom whom he said had failed in all ways to govern them.

The Senator noted that the sky is the limit for APC in Benue State following the abysmal performance of the governor and the massive turnout of people during the primaries.

According to him the APC in Benue State won all its elections round and square and people are still prepared to vote for the party come 2019.

His words: “The truth here is that Benue State has a governor in the person of Ortom who has no capacity to do anything, and they have seen it clearly, this has nothing to do with herdsmen, abysmal performance has nothing to do with herdsmen but it rather has to do with incapacity, inability to know what you have to do as a governor of a state, this is a home truth it doesn’t require a magician to make this analysis, I have been in politics for a long time so I know this game.

“I will always say this, if the people of Benue State are better off under governor Ortom, certainly you know where they will go, but where ever you go in Benue State, everybody is crying out, if Ortom say there is no money how come they are talking about N22 and 32 billion local government money.

“The truth here is that the people of Benue are too clever to be deceived for ever, and in any case, the civil servants and pensioners are crying, not just crying, they are also dying in numbers, and there families can not even afford coffins to bury them, this is most unfortunate, and I will continue to say this to Benue people, forgive me for what I did to you, by bringing out this human being to govern you, we are prepared for a better 2019”

On the issue of Paris Club recall, Senator Akume said that the refund was intended to enable states to pay salaries, saying that: “this is not the first tranche that came into Benue neither the second nor the third, so if billions came into Benue and nobody pay salaries and they are crying now over N14 .9 billion, then they are not a serious group of human beings”.

He also said: “The governor of Benue State should stop taking us for a joke, we are too educated, too learned for him to continued to make a jest of Benue people, of course he has no mandate of the Benue people to speak for them, he has defected and therefore in an honourable society, he should have resigned to recontest and test his popularity. Paris Club has nothing to do with George Akume. What did the president say, he is talking about payment of salaries, and the refund is tie to payment of salaries, so has Ortom paid?”

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