Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has come under intense criticism for campaigning to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during his tour of various camps in Logo, Makurdi and Guma Local Government Areas yesterday.
According to the acting state Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr James Ornguga, the Governor flaunted his own rules by openly campaigning for his re-election during the tour.
He said, “Just recently, SEMA banned all forms of campaigns at IDPs camps in Benue State, just for the Benue State Governor to launch full fledged campaigns at the same camps in the guise of Christmas celebration yesterday.
“While I appreciate the governor’s decision to “celebrate” with the disadvantaged members of the Benue community in the spirit of the Yuletide, I’m worried that he spoke more politics than consolation at the gatherings.
“Aside casting Senator George Akume in bad light at the IDP campaigns, Governor Samuel Ortom also discouraged Benue people from eating beef, in his attempt to prove he was fighting the Fulanis who predominantly rear cows.”
Mr Ornguga accused the Ortom of hypocrisy when the governor asked IDPs to seek alternatives to cattle rearing, expressing worry that the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar who is also Fulani has the highest number of cows in Nigeria while Governor Ortom also had the highest indigenous owner of cows in Benue state.
According to him, “The same governor has given out uncountable number of cows to his supporters for Christmas but want us to hypocritically avoid beef now.”
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