Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state who recently dumped his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has denied accusing the ruling All Progressives Congress of being responsible for the economic deficit being witnessed in the State
Ortom, according to Benue News, stated this at the Banquet Hall, government house in Makurdi while receiving some elders from Minda ethnic lineage who paid him a courtesy visit Monday morning.
Governor Ortom told his guests that he has not told anyone that the party (APC) that offered him platform to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in the State is responsible for the economic deficit being witnessed in the state, stating that he only complained about some of the party’s leaders who were bent on bringing him down after making him governor of the State
“Thank you for raising the question about the political crisis. I did not say APC stopped me from performing. I understand the difference between party and governance or the executive. I am the governor, if there is fund, I can turn Benue State around. My pain however is the fact that some of the APC leaders who brought me to the party were bent on bringing me down. I saw the handwriting and decided to leave the party.” He said
Leader of the delegation, Elder Moses Akaya earlier in his address begged the governor on behalf of Minda ethnic lineage to mend fences with Sen. Dr. George Akume for the interest of the Tiv nation, urging the both parties to sheath their swords as their fight could slow the progress of not only Tiv land but Benue State at large.
Governor Ortom who is in a running battle with Abuja for dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress said he will ensure the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime reports over the N107 billion looted by former Governor Gabriel Suswam’s administration is not swept under the carpet because he has joined them in the PDP, declaring that 60% of that fund can turn Benue State to a small London.
He lamented that the State is battling with 13 months salary arrears and pensions because what is coming into the State from the Federal Government is meagre and can not maintain government running cost talk more of other projects. He noted with nostalgia how he could have turned the sad state of Benue around to the level that Benue people would beg him to come back as governor for third term in 2023 if he could lay his hands on 60% of the looted N107 billion
He assured his Minda elders of making them proud hence his resolve to jettison the influence of godfathers in the State. “I hold nothing against any Tiv son right now. I am a free minded man. I don’t hold grudges against people. My concern is how to build people and make Benue better” Ortom added.
He thanked them for showing him fatherly concern when they heard that he was in crisis with his former godfather, charging them to keep faith in him despite the challenges surrounding his administration.