Ortom accuses Akume of creating insecurity in the state
GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State yesterday raised the alarm of plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC to create a state of insecurity so that election in the state would be declared inconclusive.
Governor raised the alarm while speaking with newsmen at Government House, Makurdi while responding to accusations made by Sen George Akume that he was arming livestock guard for the election.
Ortom who dismissed the allegation said that he had not armed livestock guards as alleged by his estranged godfather.
Governor Ortom accused Akume of arming people and playing on the sensibility of President Muhammadu Buhari to allow him to use security agencies to rig the election.
“I remain a very peaceful person. You can go round the town and see how they destroyed my billboards and we did not react. They also destroyed my billboards on Lafia road and even in Gbajimba, my own home town.
“You will recall that I raised the alarm that Akume said when elections get closer they will invite more herdsmen into the State.
“He also, said they will direct security agencies not to apprehend them so that there will be insecurity in the State and the election would be declared inconclusive.
” As I talk, so many herdsmen are coming in with their cattle and we have reported to security men waiting for their response. If they do not stop them from coming in, then we will know that what Akume said was planned and been executed. They are planning to make the State insecure so that they can rig the election.
“I expect that if security men are deployed to the state, they should be professional. Am not asking for anything more than this.
“How many commissioners of police have been changed but have you heard me quarrel with any one of them.
” As long as they are professional, I will work with them but when they become unprofessional, I will resist them. When I speak I do so on behalf of my people and would continue to do what they want. I won’t stop crying loud until justice is done to my people,” Ortom said.
The governor who said he was already a billionaire before he became governor accused senator Akume of stealing state fund to the tune of N2 billion at the time he was a governor.