Stop your du­bi­ous at­tack on Buhari, Pres­i­dency warns Or­tom

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Pres­i­dency yes­ter­day called on Gover­nor Sa­muel Or­tom of Benue State to de­sist from bas­ing his cam­paign for re­elec­tion on false­hoods con­cern­ing Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son, Garba Shehu, in a state­ment asked the Gover­nor to fo­cus on the dire is­sues con­fronting his state and not Buhari.

“Gover­nor Or­tom’s cam­paign is clearly one de­signed to stir divi­sion and ha­tred, and to di­vert the peo­ple’s at­ten­tion from his in­abil­ity to pay staff salaries and pen­sions for sev­eral months.

“It has been noted that the gover­nor has been vis­it­ing churches in the state where he falsely tells con­gre­ga­tions about Pres­i­dent Buhari’s so-called plans to Is­lamise Benue State.This non­sense has formed the ba­sis of his cam­paign, be­cause he has noth­ing to of­fer Benue peo­ple, “he said.

He said the al­le­ga­tions com­ing from Or­tom were par­tic­u­larly un­fair, when one con­sid­ers how much sup­port the gover­nor re­ceived from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, which sup­ported his graz­ing laws as a means to end the farmer­herder crises that have plagued the state.

Shehu said if not for Pres­i­dent Buhari’s in­sis­tence that the gover­nor be given a chance to ef­fect the law, he would have faced re­sis­tance from dif­fer­ent sources and found it dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment.

“While ad­vis­ing Or­tom to im­me­di­ately stop his du­bi­ous at­tacks on Pres­i­dent Buhari, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment calls on the peo­ple of Benue State to not fall for Or­tom’s de­cep­tion and al­low them­selves to be hood­winked by such a neg­a­tive cam­paign.

“They should in­stead, ask him why he has re­fused to pay staff salaries and pen­sions for months, and what he did with the fund­ing from the ex­cess crude ac­count which should ide­ally have gone to­wards ad­dress­ing such pay­ments, “he said.

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