The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described claims by his Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike of constructing the Aliade-Onu-Obarike-Ito-Otukpo and Makurdi-Naka-Adoka roads as a tissue of lies.
Ortom made the remark while reacting to claim by his Rivers State counterpart that he is constructing some roads in Benue State.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media, and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, the governor said there was no proof that Wike had such plan.
The statement reads, “We read reports in a few national dailies on March 30, attributed to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, that there were plans to disrupt his road projects in Benue State. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Benue State does not lack road projects under the Ortom administration, which has mobilised contractors back to site on 11 roads abandoned by Governor Wike’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, regime in the state.
“In spite of the recession, Governor Ortom is also constructing two major highways and 17 rural roads across the state, while contracts have been awarded for six other highways.
“Governor Wike’s claim was ridiculous because Benue State is not part of his state and even if he had constructed all his roads, he needed to have contacted stakeholders in Benue State, especially those from the benefitting communities.
“There is no evidence that he did that.”