Benue Ex-Governor, Gabriel Suswam have heaped all the blame on current Governor, Samuel Ortom for the challenges experienced by the State government, especially in the payment of salaries.
According to Suswam who was speaking during the extraordinary meeting of members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Benue Northwest and Northeast senatorial districts held yesterday at the party secretariat in Makurdi, the campaigns of ruling government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was built on fake promises, propaganda and deceit, and are now struggling with the same challenges he faced.
“The APC came to power in Benue State following a campaign of lies and fake promises, and today they have become victim of those same lies, unable to pay salaries and with hunger all over the state.
“After less than a year in office the Ortom government is owing five months salaries, yet the same government came to power on the propaganda that my administration of eight years owed four months salary arrears.” He said.
The former Governor who himself left a deficit of unpaid salaries accused the Ortom administration of managing bailout funds meant for payment of workers’ salary arrears, which he said had brought untold hunger in the state.
“There have been numerous probe panels put in place to find ways of discrediting my tenure of office, yet the same administration probing me is amongst the three which President Buhari has ordered to be probed for mismanagement of the bailout loan out of the close to thirty states which collected the loan.”
“Now, even dogs in Benue State have become so lean under the pains of hunger, unlike during the PDP era when there was enough to eat and feed the dogs.” He lamented.
The PDP faith were meeting to strategise against the forthcoming Local Government council pulls, which according to Suswam, will mark the return of the party in the state after the failures of the 2015 general elections.
“No one will be able to rig the PDP out of victory at the local government elections, and in other subsequent ones.” he boasted.
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