Members of the Benue State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives has rejected calls for emergency rule in the state.
In a chat with reporters in Abuja yesterday, spokesman of the Caucus, Mark Gbilah said rather than an emergency rule in the state as canvassed by former governor of the state, the Federal Government should immediately release the N10 billion promised the state to resettle the IDPs.
The Caucus said: “We wish to respond to the issues raised in the press conference by Senator George Akume who has never lent his voice to the clarion call for the cessation of incessant killings in Benue, despite his assumed closeness to the President, but rather chose to attack the person of the Governor, called for the disbandment of the livestock guards to bring further hardship on the displaced people of Benue State with over a million people in IDP camps.
“The Caucus calls on the Leader of the All Progressives Congress in Benue and all stakeholders behind his onslaught against the government and people of Benue State, to retract the call for emergency rule in the state for the interest of democracy.
“The Caucus also wishes to caution the presidential spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu to stop trivialising and misconstruing Governor Ortom’s outspokenness for an attack on President Muhammadu Buhari.
They appealed to the Leadership of the National Assembly, to intervene and nip in the bud, the calls for the breach of the democratic structure in Benue, through the instrument of a disruptive emergency rule.
In a related development, Governor Samuel Ortom has vowed to drag the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume to court to prove unfounded allegations levelled against him during a recent press conference in Abuja.
Governor Ortom spoke to reporters yesterday on Wednesday shortly before the commencement of the Benue State Executive Council meeting held at the New Banquet Hall of Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He stated that Senator Akume’s allegations amounted to treachery, betrayal and backstabbing, all of which he must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in a competent court of law.
Governor Ortom maintained that though he does not wish to join issues with the leader of All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the state, it had become expedient that he appears before the court with evidence to put records straight.
The Governor said it was surprising that Senator Akume has, at no time, identified with Benue people who are being continually killed by Fulani herdsmen.
Governor Ortom, shortly after the briefing, received an award of Fellow Association of Nigeria Public Administrators from a former member of the State House of Assembly representing Agatu State Constituency, Alhaji Sule Audu who represented him at a recent function in Abuja.
Similarly, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Godwin Oyiwona, presented to the Governor winners at the just-concluded Science Exhibition Expo where participants from Benue came tops.