Benue 2023: Akume to constitute attack team against Benue govt, threatens to sack media adviser
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Nigerian Concord Newspaper can authoritatively report that Minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, has concluded plans to set up an attack team that will be saddled with the responsibility of criticizing the government of Benue state under the leadership of Governor Samuel Ortom both in the social and conventional media.
This is just as the former Benue governor and leader of the APC in the state has reportedly threatened to sack his media adviser, Mkor Aondona, for allegedly frustrating efforts of the party’s media handlers to further make false allegations against the government of Samuel Ortom on the social media.
Nigerian Concord authoritatively gathered that Senator Akume is under intense pressure from the presidency that he is a member of the Federal Executive Council, yet, Governor Ortom’s popularity is rising on daily basis owing to the Governor’s dogged stand against injustice and the Buhari government’s failure to provide security for Nigerians. The visit of Garba Shehu to the minister sometime this year was to tell him to sit-up and face the Governor. Shehu pointedly told Akume that the President is disappointed that he has allowed Governor Ortom to outshine the entire federal government.
This newspaper also has it from impeccable sources that Akume was directly instrumental to the alleged suspension of a former Senatorial candidate of the APC, Mimi Orubibi, by the Kwande local government chapter of the opposition party in he state.
Recall that George Akume has been having a serious political battle with Governor Samuel Ortom since June 2018 that the governor decided to dump the APC for the PDP over allegation that the minister didn’t allow him to perform and deliver dividends of democracy to Benue people by forcefully collecting a huge percentage of both the state’s Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenues.
As a result of the political battles, both Akume and Ortom had been heard in several recorded audios, trading words with each other with the minister insulting every Benue person he perceives to disagree with him politically.
Nigerian Concord gathered yesterday that the minister has taken the media attacks against Governor Ortom upon himself when he realized that his media adviser, Mkor Aondona, had become too soft on the governor.
A source who is close to the minister told our reporter in Abuja that the Benue APC leader is not resting as he is doing all to ensure that the government of Samuel Ortom as well as the PDP become unpopular in Benue state prior to the 2023 general elections.
The source firmly stated that the Minister is visiting Benue any moment from now in order to personally set up a crack team that will make sure that Benue people do not see anything good about the government of Samuel Ortom
The crack team which will have some professional journalists as well as the APC social media activists will be adequately funded to lavishly write against every good thing or project of Governor Samuel Ortom so as to make him, his government and party unpopular before the 2023 polls.
The source said: “Leader believes that we need to attack the governor in the media even if we have to tell lies against him for us to get back to power in Benue state in 2023.
“Let me quickly brief you that an attack team was consitituted at the begining of this year but the said team became too soft on the governor when they didn’t see anything bad to write about him. The team was always giving excuses that the governor’s achievements were too numerous hence their inability to write anything to brainwash the public.
“Also, Senator Akume doesn’t have any trust in our boss (Mkor Aondona) again because he has become very soft on Governor Ortom since he went to apologise to him in Makurdi with a promise to desist from further media attacks against his person and administration.
“Truly, Mkor’s visit to Governor Ortom was a set up which was aimed at making the governor to have confidence in him and from there, he would be able to gather useful information and government documents that would be used against him (Ortom) and whoever becomes the governorship candidate of the PDP in 2023.
“But Mkor was always giving excuses each time Oga (Akume) asked him about the assignments he was given. I think this made him to lose trust in his media Aide and now, he wants to go to Benue to set up a fresh crack team by himself”
The source further said that members of the fresh attack team will also be mandated to manipulate whatever the governor says, does or achieves in terms of developmental projects to make his administration become unpopular in Benue state.
It was also gathered that Mkor Aondona is seriously facing heat for preventing Akume’s media handlers from further attacking Governor Samuel Ortom in the media.
Our source said details of Mkor’s Whatsaap chats where he threatened to sanction anyone that falsely attacked Governor Ortom and his administration had been handed over to Senator Akume by two of the media handlers that were not comfortable with the former BSU lecturer’s directives.
Meanwhile, the minister has been accused of directly being behind the suspension of Mimi Orubibi by the Kwande local government chapter of the APC yesterday.
The suspension according to sources was approved by Akume who is said to be very angry and afraid over Orubibi’s outburst last week where she accused the federal government of inflicting sufferings on innocent Nigerians.