The presidency has sternly warned Mr. Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue state, to desist from smearing President Muhammadu Buhari’s name in his political campaigns.
If you will recall, Governor Ortom was an All Progressive Congress (APC) elected governor of Benue state before he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The statement from the presidency on Sunday, signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, urged the indigines and residents of Benue state not to be deceived by the blatant lies against President Buhari by the governor.
As contained in the statement:
“The Presidency calls on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to desist from basing his campaign for re-election on falsehoods concerning President Muhammadu Buhari and instead focus on the dire issues confronting the State.”
“Governor Samuel Ortom’s campaign is clearly one designed to stir division and hatred, and to divert the people’s attention from his inability to pay staff salaries and pensions for several months.”
“It has been noted that the governor has been visiting churches in the state where he falsely tells congregations about President Buhari’s so-called plans to Islamise Benue State.”
“This nonsense has formed the basis of his campaign, because he has nothing to offer Benue people.”
Shehu’s statement also reminded Gov. Ortom of the prompt support he received from the President when the farmers-herders crisis rocked his state.
“The unfounded allegations coming from Ortom were particularly unfair, when one considers how much support the governor received from the Federal Government, which supported his grazing laws as a means to put an end the farmer-herder crises that have plagued the state.”
“If not for President Buhari’s insistence that the governor be given a chance to effect the law, he would have faced resistance from different sources and found it difficult to implement.”
“While advising Governor Ortom to immediately stop his dubious attacks on President Buhari, the Federal Government calls on the people of Benue State to not fall for Ortom’s deception and allow themselves to be hoodwinked by such a negative campaign.”
“The Residents and indigenes of Benue state should instead, ask him why he has refused to pay staff salaries and pensions for months, and what he did with the funding from the excess crude account which should ideally have gone towards addressing such payments.”