– Samuel Ortom of Benue state accuses his predecessor and current minister, George Akume, of attacking him for saying God made him governor
– Ortom claims that Akume said he singlehandedly determined who became the governor in 2015
– The governor promises not to exchange words with Akume and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Jime
The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has carpeted his predecessor, George Akume, saying the latter was angry that he attributed his political achievement to God.
Ortom said he was no longer ready to join issues with Akume, who was on Wednesday, August 21, inaugurated as special duties and inter-governmental affairs minister.
The governor further asked the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections, Emmanuel Jime, to stop grumbling over his loss at the poll.
Vanguard reports that in a statement by Ortom’s spokesperson, Terver Akase, the governor said he had received some negative comments from Akume and Jime.
While advising Akume to stop playing God, the statement added: “Senator George Akume and the governorship candidate of the APC in Benue state, Emmanuel Jime, made governor Samuel Ortom the target of all manner of verbal attacks at the reception.
“Senator Akume declared again that he singlehandedly determined who became governor of the state in 2015 and castigated Governor Ortom for always claiming that God made him governor.
“It was not the first time that Senator Akume would make such a blasphemous statement. He had made a similar claim during the valedictory session of the 8th Senate.”
The statement claimed that in a speech that lasted for about 40 minutes at the reception, the minister failed to tell his audience what benefits his new position would bring to his people.
The governor said instead, he hurled bile at him and also accused him of diverting public funds to enrich himself.
“Jime, on the other hand, heaped unprintable insults on the governor, calling him an uneducated man and alleged that the 2019 governorship election was rigged.
“We find utterances of the Benue APC leader and its governorship candidate quite unfortunate,” the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Akume was one of the ministers inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 21.
The ministers took their oaths of office shortly after Boss Mustapha took his as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), for the second time.
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