Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, has said that the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State were demanding accountability from Governor Samuel Ortom.
Akume said this while speaking to a gathering of APC faithful at the City Bay in the state capital, Makurdi.
According to Akame, “instead of Governor Samuel Ortom to address issues he raised during a press conference in Abuja last week, they were rather organising press conferences and heaping insults on me.”
According to Akame:
“About a week ago, some sons and daughters met in Abuja to take a look at the outburst in Benue and we are worried about the volume of insults being heaped on a daily basis by the governor of the state.
“We have learned that a new chapter has been added to the governance structure in Benue State and that is the compendium of lies and innuendos. It has become a veritable act in the governance of Benue at a certain level; you avoid lies you don’t have to tell your people lies.
“What we crafted we thought was in the best interest of Benue State and we expected the governor to carefully go through the documents and see the remedial measures.
“If we asked the government to pay the salary of workers which is the right of our people, are we making a mistake, if we asked our poor parents who have toiled and sweated and got bloodied to train to be paid pensions, are we making a mistake?
“Is that too much of a demand, to talk about gratuities that are pending and will continue to be spent?
“So, we just invited the government to act on that. Instead of answering the queries raised it rather generated a lot of insults in the press conference. I have never called myself an angel and I’m not one. But in this world of ours, demons become saints and saints are demonised; such is life.”