Benue PDP in­sists on Akume’s probe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Benue State says Gover­nor Sa­muel Or­tom must probe Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Akume’s ten­ure as gover­nor of the state.

Or­tom has re­peat­edly main­tained that the probe com­mis­sions which he es­tab­lished to probe his pre­de­ces­sor are not out to witch-hunt any­one but only to un­cover what took place be­fore his ad­min­is­tra­tion came to power in May.

But the PDP, while ad­dress­ing news­men at its sec­re­tar­iat in Makurdi, said it sup­ports the de­mands for pro­bity, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity if the many probes by the Or­tom’s gov­ern­ment do not leave out any­one.

State deputy chair­man of PDP, Dr. Tse­tim Ayarg­wer, flanked by other of­fi­cials of the party, ac­cused the gover­nor of lim­it­ing his probe to only the former gover­nor, Gabriel Suswam’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, a sit­u­a­tion they said is not ten­able since his man­date as gover­nor em­pow­ers him to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for both as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties of the state right from the day of cre­ation.

“We there­fore state un­equiv­o­cally that the probe ex­er­cises, both here in the state and at the EFCC, must nec­es­sar­ily cover all pe­ri­ods which need to be probed for the ex­er­cise to be deep and far-reach­ing enough to yield any mean­ing­ful and worth­while re­sults. And in this light, it be­comes im­pos­si­ble to se­ri­ously probe the Suswam ad­min­is­tra­tion with­out prob­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of his pre­de­ces­sor, Ge­orge Akume, con­sid­er­ing the cir­cum­stances which sur­rounded the tran­si­tion of power be­tween the two ad­min­is­tra­tions,” the PDP said.

The party fur­ther stated that its of­fi­cial po­si­tion which “was de­rived from glar­ing and ver­i­fi­able facts on ground is that the Or­tom ad­min­is­tra­tion re­mains a colos­sal fail­ure and the worst, in terms of per­for­mance”.

Mean­while, Or­tom’s me­dia aide, Ta­hav Agerzua, blamed what he called the PDP’s reg­u­lar out­burst against his prin­ci­pal’s ac­tiv­i­ties on the “deadly blow it suf­fered at the re­cent polls when the party lost most of its con­trolled seats in the state to the gover­nor’s All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC)”.

Agerzua main­tained that the gover­nor can­not probe Akume’s regime be­cause he did not take over from the sen­a­tor.

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