Ortom slams APC for calling him ‘Wike’s errand boy’

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has slammed the All Progressives Congress in the state for describing him as an errand boy to his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike.

Recall that the Chairman of APC, Benue State chapter, Austin Agada, had alleged that Ortom abandoned governance in Benue “to run errands” for his Rivers State counterpart.

Reacting to the comment, Ortom, in a statement issued on Sunday by Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, Terver Akase, lambasted the APC leader, saying he leads the party as a man leading a group of thugs.

The statement partly read: “Just yesterday in Port Harcourt, Governor Ortom was given one of the highest honours in Rivers State by the government and people of that state. Interestingly, the APC in Benue State is silent on the fact that some Governors on the party’s platform, such as Yahaya Bello of Kogi and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi were among the award recipients.

“If that amounted to “running an errand” for Governor Wike, then Governor Ortom was not alone on the “trip”.

“The Benue APC chairman and his band of hang-about officials keep shifting the goalpost in the course of the game. Before now, their narrative was that the Governor had not recorded any achievement.

“With the frequent commissioning of projects, their songfest has moved to the despicable level of denigrating the Governor in a style of street urchins.

“The Agada-led state working committee of APC has not been able to accomplish any task since they took over the reins of the party. They run the party in a racketeer fashion.”

The statement added that Governor Ortom “remains committed and focused on the mandate of serving Benue people”, stressing that “the Governor will not be distracted by any volume of smear campaigns from the opposition.”