By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi
BENUE State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has challenged former Governor of the State and Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs Sen. George Akume to prove his achievements while he was in office.
Governor Ortom threw the challenge on Thursday while swearing-in Terver Akase and Andrew Akpotu as Special Advisers on Media and Publicity and Solid Minerals respectively at the Government House, Makurdi.
He said the time has come to compare between Akume’s tenure in 1999 and his administration in the area of project execution.
The Governor who also reacted to a comment credited to the Minister wherein he issued a quit notice to the Governor and the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP in the State in 2023 at an APC Gubernatorial retreat in Abuja, advised the party to focus on its internal affairs.
“I challenge Akume to place his projects side by side with mine and let’s see who has excelled as governor.
“We (PDP) have an internal mechanism to select our candidate. We do not need to go to Abuja to hold a retreat. Discussions are going on between G-14 and G-9 to reach consensus candidate. But if no agreement is reached, we will go to primaries.
“However, those who are aggrieved with the consensus aspirant, can still participate in the primaries. APC has nothing to offer this State or country. They should concern themselves with their own affair”, Ortom advised.