The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday declared that he will not be distracted by the “torrent of lies” perpetrated by the All Progressives Congress, APC, against his government.
Ortom made the remark in reaction to report by the state chapter of APC that his administration was seeking approval from the State House of Assembly to enable it access a N10 billion loan facility.
The governor, through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase said such claim was “another desperate lie” by the APC in the state, who were determined to drag his name.
Ortom insisted that he has not made such move and will not.
According to Ortom, APC lacked understanding lacks understanding of a governing party, adding that the party had taken up the role of opposition.
A statement by Akase reads: “We urge the people of Benue State and other Nigerians to disregard the report being circulated by the state chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC that the Benue State Government is seeking approval from the House of Assembly to enable it access a N10 billion loan.
“The State Government has not made such a move and it does not intend to take a N10 billion loan, contrary to the report.
“This particular lie smacks of frustration and fury within the APC camp to drag the name and office of Governor Samuel Ortom to disrepute, having failed in all their previous attemps to remove the Governor through illegality and impunity.
“For a party which still controls power at the centre, the APC appears not to understand the job of a governing party and has assumed the role of opposition.
“The party’s latest false claim that the State Government plans to obtain the alleged loan is the height of desperation by a political party bent on misleading the public.
“We reassure the good people of Benue State that the government has met all requirements set by Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the recently recalled Paris Club refund will soon be returned to the state for payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities.
“Governor Ortom remains focused on the task of delivering good governance to Benue people and will not be distracted by the torrent of lies and organised smear campaign against him by enemies of the state.”
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