Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has said that his Rivers State counterpart Nyelson Wike, is using the Benue killings to divert attention from his failure in governance.
Ortom, whose position was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, on Monday, said, “Governor Wike is apparently trying to use Benue to divert attention from his gross failure of governance and stinking … being witnessed in Rivers State.’
While speaking on the roads that Wike claimed to be constructing in his state, Ortom challenged the Rivers governor to publish evidence of the two roads and where they were being constructed.
He said, “Benue people are witnesses to the fact that the government run by the Rivers State Governor’s political party, the PDP, abandoned 11 roads across Benue State.
“Governor Ortom has since assumption of office deployed funds and mobilised the contractors back to site. Some of the road projects have already been completed while others are at different stages of completion.”
Ortom added, “A man who is clearly not interested in the development of his state; a man who is believed to be sponsoring thugs and cultists to occupy public offices; a man who has never won a free and fair election; …a man who, since assumption of office has been on a voyage of destruction of education, health and economic structures built by his predecessor has now become an advocate of development and probity in another state.”
Speaking on the Paris Club loan refund that Wike called on the EFCC to probe him for, Ortom said, “the call is a poor diversionary tactics.”
He added, “It is on record that Governor Samuel Ortom was the first to declare the Paris Club loan refund to Benue and stated specifically how much the state was expecting many weeks before the funds came in.
“When the N12.7bn was released to the state, the governor made it public including the disbursement for workers’ salaries.”
The Benue State governor, however, asked Wike to make public the amount accrued to his state from the Paris Club loan refund.