CONTRARY to speculations that the former governor of Benue State, Senator George Akume is interfering with the day to day running of the current administration in the state, the governor, Samuel Ortom has said that there is nothing of such.
The governor disclosed this during a live programme (issues of the moment) aired on the state radio (Radio Benue) and monitored in Makurdi yesterday.
Gov Ortom also dismissed the insinuation that senator Akume is his political godfather, maintaining that the senator has not in any way imposed things on him, stressing “as governor, I have the right to govern the state without someone dictating for me.”
“Senator Akume is a political leader of the State, he was a retired permanent secretary, governor for eight years and a three time senator of the federal republic, he remains a major stakeholder who cannot be pushed aside in the politics of the state.”
“I do relate so much with Sen. Akume. Akume is a fair minded person. He is a kind person even to his enemies. He does not interfere with my government.
“Sen. Akume is a major stakeholder in Benue politics. But that does not mean I must do his bidding. He has never imposed anything on me”.
On the delay in installing a new Tor Tiv after the demise of late Alfred Akawe Torkula since November 2015 as well as first class chiefs in the state, the governor said fairness would be the watchword in the processes.
He said: “God told me not to be involved because I have the power as governor to do so, but I will not. I call on Benue people to fast and pray for God-fearing chiefs.”

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