September 24, 2021

Gov Ortom Replies Akume, Vows Not To Apologise To Buhari

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The ongoing war of words between
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and a former governor of the state,  George Akume may not abate soon as expected.

Following the meeting held by the All Progressives Congress stakeholders in Benue where they reached a resort that governor Ortom must apologise to President Buhari for calling him names while addressing the issue of insecurity in the state recently.

Ortom has however stood his ground and vowed never to apologise to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his recent attacks.

Ortom made the remark in response to calls by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, George Akume, that he should tender an unreserved apology to the president and APC.

Akume, a former governor of the state, said Ortom should apologise and stop attacking Buhari and his administration.

Reacting, the governor downplayed Akume’s call, stressing that he would never stop criticizing the Buhari government when necessary.

In a statement by his spokesman, Tever Akase, on Tuesday, the governor rebuked Akume for refusing to stand by the people of the state.

He accused the former governor of teaming up with the “enemies to organize a smear campaign against him.”

The statement reads: “As expected, Senator Akume and his group avoided responding to the issues of insecurity in the country which the Governor has repeatedly and rightly accused the Presidency of complicity.

“The outing of George Akume and others in Abuja was nothing more than a massage on the ego of the Presidency to curry personal favours.

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“As long as he and his group secure their meal tickets, Benue can go to hell. A media attack on Governor Ortom instantly attracts a package from the Villa.

“Akume and his group must have been under immense pressure to hold the press conference and hurl vituperation against the Governor. This, they had to do to keep their jobs.”

Following attacks on farmers and communities in the state, Ortom has been criticizing the president and his government.

On several occasions, Ortom had accused the Buhari-led government of backing armed herders against Benue residents.

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