Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom has told the newly appointed Minister of Special Duties, George Akume to stop playing God in Benue politics.
Ortom in a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase said decried attacks on him by the Minister the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election adding that the time of playing politics is over and will no longer join issues with him.
The statement read in part, “Senator George Akume and the governorship candidate of the APC in Benue State, Emmanuel Jime made Governor Samuel Ortom the target of all manner of verbal attacks at the reception.
“Senator Akume declared again that he singlehandedly determined who became Governor of the state in 2015 and castigated Governor Ortom for always claiming that God made him Governor.
“I made Ortom Governor not the Holy Spirit”, Akume boasted at the reception.
“It was not the first time that Senator Akume would make such a blasphemous statement. He had made a similar claim during the valedictory session of the 8th Senate.
“In a speech that lasted for about 40 minutes at the reception, the Minister failed to tell his audience what benefits his new position would bring to his people. He instead hurled bile at Governor Ortom who he also accused of diverting public funds to enrich himself.
“Jime, on the other hand, heaped unprintable insults on the Governor, calling him an uneducated man and alleged that the 2019 governorship election was rigged. We find utterances of the Benue APC leader and its governorship candidate quite unfortunate.
“The antics of APC leadership in Benue State are obviously targeted at sustaining their support base with rhetoric and claims of a mandate that was neither given them nor stolen.
“Governor Ortom has chosen not to join issues with Senator Akume any longer. It is the considered decision of the Governor that politics is over and now it is time for governance.”
Akume, a former governor of the state and a three-time senator at a reception to celebrate his inauguration as Minister said he singlehandedly made Ortom governor of the state. Akume fell out with Ortom in the build up to the 2019 gubernatorial election forcing the governor to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the platform he was re-elected for a second term in office in the March governorship election.
Akume also fell out with Ortom’s predecessor in office, Gabriel Suswam which led to the former’s defection to then Action Congress (AC) on the platform he was elected Senator. The Minister was instrumental to the election of Suswam as the governor.