By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi
GROUP under the aegis of Benue People of Conscience, B-POC, has urged politicians in Benue State and across the country to desist from acts targeted at tarnishing the image of Governor Samuel Ortom as it portends danger danger to effective governance.
The group in a statement signed by its chairman, John Orshio and secretary, Tersoo Iorbee and made available to newsmen in Makurdi yesterday, observed with dismay that it is gradually becoming a norm with the people of the state, especially the Tiv people to distract the government of the day from focusing on governance.
B-POC stated that the trend is not in the best interest of the and its people as it throws spanners in the works of governance and the running of affairs of the state.
“It is pertinent to note that Governor Samuel Ortom has but a few months to bow out of office and politicians across divides should be supporting him in the interest of the Benue people.
“What political goals his critics, particularly the Alia Campaign Organization want to achieve by bringing up unfounded allegations of misappropriation of fund in huge amounts is what we cannot phantom.
“The situation where allegations of financial impropriety which borders on the integrity of Governor Samuel Ortom’s person without concrete evidence should be avoided and discouraged.
“It is worthy of note that leaders who want to build and develop the state do not have to destroy their leaders by making unguarded and damaging statements. What they should do which is also in the interest of the state is to speak words that show them to be intending leaders who will build on the structures of their predecessors.
“This is why would-be leaders are expected to tow the line of peace and must have all the necessary facts before making grave allegations against Governor Ortom who is holding the state in trust for the people of Benue, as they also aspire into leadership positions.
“Benue belongs to the people, those in power as well as our intending leaders and as such their utterances should be guided by truth and above all they should have solid evidence which should be the basis upon which such allegations are made.
“Moreover, Governor Ortom has said time without number that the financial records of the state are there for all to see. He has also stated that the various stakeholders are there to bear witness to how state funds are handled,” the group futther stated.