Ortom refutes Akume’s claim of arming a militia to rig polls.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday refuted Senator George Akume’s claims that he was arming militias to rig the forthcoming elections in the state.
He said contrary to a statement credited to Akume, accusing him of providing AK 47 guns for a militia, he (Akume) should be held responsible for arming All Progressives Congress (APC) loyalists to create a state of insecurity so that the election would be declared inconclusive.
Ortom, who was reacting to Akume’s statement during the APC Presidential Campaign rally at the Aper Aku Stadium, dismissed the allegation that he has armed the Livestock Guards for the purpose of rigging the election.
He wondered how Akume, a former governor of the state, continues to play on President Muhammadu Buhari’s sensibility with the motive of getting more security to rig the elections in favour of APC, having lost touch with the people.
“I remain a peaceful person. You can go round 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 hometown.
“They are responsible for the shootings in the area. All the while, I just report to security agencies. I do not want anything that will create violence in the state because that is what the APC wants, as they have lost the people’s support,” he said.
On Akume’s request for more security to the state during the election, Ortom said he expects that if more security men are deployed to the state, they should be professional in their conduct.
Ortom also told Akume, who accused him of enriching himself in office while Benue people wallow in poverty, that he was rich before assuming public office, unlike the Senator who amassed wealth as governor between 1999-2003.