Benue Politics: Akume is a major stakeholder but not my god-farther, says Gov Ortom


Chief Dr Samuel Ortom

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom

From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has stated that Sen. George is not his godfather and does not interfere in governance of the State.

The governor who made this assertion during a radio program in Makurdi yesterday, maintained that as governor, he has the right to govern the State without someone dictating for him.

According to him, Sen. Akume is a political leader of the State, adding that as a retired permanent secretary, governor for eight (8) years and a three(3) time senator of the federal republic, he remains a major stakeholder who cannot be pushed aside in the politics of State.

“I do relate so much with Sen. Akume. Akume is a fair minded person. He is a kind person even to his enemies. He does not interfere with my government.

“Sen. Akume is a major stakeholder in Benue politics. But that does not mean I must do his bidding. He has never imposed anything on me”, Ortom said.

Commenting on the delay in installation of a new Tor Tiv after the demise of late Alfred Akawe Torkula since November 2015, as well as first class chiefs in the State, the governor promised that fairness would prevail.

Ortom, who declared three (3) day fasting which commenced yesterday, pledged not to interfer, averring that many would not pay any role in the selection process.

“God told me not to be involved because I have the power as governor to do so, but I will not. I call on Benue people to fast and pray for God-fearing Chiefs to be installed,” he appealed.

Source: Today Trending News




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