Don’t Arrogate To Yourself Divine Powers, Ortom Tells Akume
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has cautioned his estranged godfather, Senator George Akume, to stop playing God, stressing that even if he tries 10, 000 times, the senator cannot remove him.
Akume is credited to have said that he will remove the governor in six months’ time.
Ortom, who spoke to journalists in Makurdi, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, was replying to comments Akume made at the APC caucus meeting on Sunday.
Senator Akume at the APC caucus meeting had called Governor Ortom a looter and non-performer who is not able to pay salaries of workers and allowances to dying pensioners.
He had however stated that Benue people deserve better and vowed to replace him with a better candidate come 2019.
But Akase insisted that the All Progressives Congress leader in Benue was arrogating to himself powers belonging only to God and that of the majority of Benue people who voted the governor into office.
He said the senator had attempted to remove the governor with only eight members of the state assembly through impeachment and failed because it was an illegality and wondered why he was still daydreaming.
"Having failed in their first attempt, they will fail again ten thousand times because Governor Ortom was popularly elected by the Benue people and only the people have the powers to remove him, not a senator," Mr Akase stated.
He wondered why a son of Benue will conspire with enemies to destabilize the state as he is promising thunder and brimstone, saying no one can assume the position of God to control the affairs of men.
"Since he doesn't even remember when he became governor, because I remember when they asked him when he was governor while he was canvassing for the senate presidency in 2007, he first said 1947 and later said 1979. He should give us his scorecard in the 12 years he has been in the National Assembly".
"If a son of Benue on a dark day in the history of Benue where 73 souls were lying in state at the IBB Square had the conscience to canvass votes for somebody, then it tells you the manner of person we are talking about here. It tells you that this man does not believe in the project called Benue."