Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

APC hypocritical about Ortom – state govt

The Benue state government has described as hypocritical a statement credited to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state which it criticized of non-performance.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Terver Akase, and made available to The Abuja Inquirer in Makurdi, states that the APC claimed that the party had raised issues of governance with Governor Samuel Ortom, following which he gave himself red card.

"We find the statement as hypocrisy of the highest order. It is on record that APC in Benue state has on many occasions, passed vote of confidence on Governor Ortom as a result of his performance,” Akase said.

The CPS explained that during the state congress of the party at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, it adopted the governor as its consensus candidate based on the sterling stewardship of the governor.

“But being the true democrat that he is, the governor decided that other aspirants be also allowed to vie for the governorship seat to deepen internal democracy in the party.

"We challenge APC in Benue state to bring out facts to back their claim that they had faulted the performance of the governor. We equally challenge the party to make public evidence regarding their claims that bailout funds and Paris Club refund were diverted".

The statement expressed Ortom’s appreciation for the platform which APC gave him to offer service to the people of Benue state and also regretted that the same party has now turned to demonize him for obvious selfish reasons.

“Governor Ortom has encouraged regular caucus and other stakeholders' meetings at which he constantly gives briefings about the security and financial challenges in the state. He also gets feedback and input at such meetings.

“His successful conduct of the local government elections which APC candidates overwhelmingly won chairmanship and councillorship positions throughout the state is proof of the popularity of his administration.

“There has really been no need for the party to raise governance issues with Governor Ortom because he gives the leaders and the state working committee regular briefings at meetings and platforms mentioned above.

“Besides, the Governor announces to the people of the state receipts of monies and expenditures.

“Governor Ortom gave the people of the state information about the bailout, Paris Club refunds and all other federal government interventions and explained how they could not meet all the final obligations with respect to payment of salaries, gratuities and pensions.

“The claim by the APC that such matters were raised at the last State Congress or at a secret forum is therefore not tenable, misleading and insincere,” the statement read.

 

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