Akume must prove allegations against me in court- Ortom

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, says that the minister for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, must prove all the allegations he made against him in a press conference he addressed three days ago in a competent court of law.

The governor who said this to journalists today shortly before commencement of the Benue State Executive Council meeting held at the New Banquet Hall of Benue Peoples House, Makurdi described Akume’s allegations as “unfounded”

According to Governor Ortom, Senator Akume’s allegations amounted to treachery, betrayal and backstabbing, all of which he must prove beyond reasonable doubt in a competent court of law.

The governor maintained that though he does not wish to join issues with the leader of All Progressives Congress, APC in the state, it had become expedient that he came before the court with evidence to put records straight.

The Governor said it was surprising that Senator Akume has, at no time, identified with Benue people who are being continually killed by Fulani herdsmen.

Governor Ortom shortly after the briefing, received award of Fellow Association of Nigeria Public Administrators from a former member of the State House of Assembly representing Agatu constituency, Alhaji Sule Audu who represented him at a recent function in Abuja.

Similarly, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Godwin Oyiwona, presented to the Governor winners at the just concluded Science Exhibition Expo where participants from Benue came top.